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Drivers fuming after being ticketed in school zone without school

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The morning of December 3rd, Nelda Blanchard had just pulled out of her subdivision onto Little York when she noticed a lot of police activity.

"So I told my grandson, 'I wonder what's going on? What's going on?,' and shortly after I said that a police officer ran out in the middle of the street and he told me to get over."

Another officer wrote her a ticket for doing 35 in a school zone.  It's for 277 bucks. She just wanted to know one thing.

"Where's the school? There's the question. Where's the school?"

That's right. There is no school here. None. Yet there is a school zone.

This all happened in the 5900 block of Little York. 

Years ago it was where Northwood Middle School was. But that school closed over a decade ago. More recently it was the Home of North Forest ISD's administration building.

HPD says school or no school, they were just enforcing the law.  The lights were on in a school zone.

We called the Mayor's office who referred us to public works.  Public works told us they'd gladly remove the schools zone signs if the school district tells them too. They have not been asked to remove the signs. Problem. North Forest ISD doesn't exist. HISD took it over. HISD still very much exists. Problem solved, right? Wrong. HISD says it didn't take over all the properties. They did not take over this building.

It is now the home of a Houston Community College facility. Colleges don't get school zone designation. 

So are they responsible to asking for the signs to be removed?

A spokesperson tells Fox they're looking into that right now. 

In the meantime Nelda, a retiree, is preparing for her day in court.

"I wanna fight it. I've got to fight it. I can't afford to pay it."

How is this going to play out? We don't know yet. Stay tuned.

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