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Residents of Alpha Towers Struggle with Elevators

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Residents at Toledo's Alpha Towers have complained the elevators in the building haven't worked correctly in years. Currently the building, which includes Section 8 housing, employs temporary workers to manually operate the one of two elevators that continue to function. The workers, however, are not present at all times, leaving some residents stranded.

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Donetta Hayes, left, talks with Redie Peterson, 72, in the lobby of Alpha Towers. Peterson, who has a pacemaker, said she has had to walk up the eight flights of stairs to her apartment.

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Laura Gipson, 88, center, talks with her Carolyn Mason, 76, right, in the community room of Alpha Towers in Toledo. Gipson ended up stranded in the lobby recently when no one was on hand to man the elevator.

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William Craig, 78, recounts being on one of the elevators in Toledo's Alpha Towers when it plunged between floors.

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Redie Peterson, 72, right, listens while William Craig, 78, recounts being on one of the elevators in Toledo's Alpha Towers when it plunged between floors.

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Donetta Hayes holds the floor button down on the elevator at Toledo's Alpha Towers.

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Donetta Hayes waits for the single working elevator at Toledo's Alpha Towers to open.

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Laura Gipson, 88, right, recounted her experience of being stranded in the lobby when the elevator stopped working at Alpha Towers in Toledo.

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