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  • Saturday, November 30, 2013

A woman called in a noise complaint recently, but when police arrived they did not hear anything.

They knocked on the door of the suspected house and no one answered.

As the officers were walking back to their patrol car they saw a neighbor on her porch. They asked her if she had heard any noise recently from the house in question and she said she had not.

The officers then positioned their patrol car to watch the house and listen for any disturbance.

At that time they saw the complainant flagging them down. Officers spoke to her and she said she had been in her bedroom which backs up to the house in question’s back porch.

She said she heard a female voice speaking loudly and several doors slamming. This was at 6:30 a.m.

She explained to the officers that she made an earlier report about 1:30 a.m.

She said it was a party in progress and the responding officer said that if she called back they would issue a noise complaint citation.

She kept telling police how they had parties all the time with lots of people. When asked if she had made any other complaints to police, she said that she had only dealt with the landlord.

She gave them the landlord’s phone number and an officer called him.

He said he would call his tenants. Shortly after he did, police saw movement in the house.

Police then went over to the suspect house and both the tenants said they spoke with an officer and tried to abide by what he told them to do.

They said they were not even having a party. One said he was in the yard trying to start a fire in the fire pit when his neighbor came out yelling and screaming at him.

The suspects said that no noise could have come from their place at 6:30 a.m. because they were all sleeping.

They were told to keep the noise to minimum when having guests over and to avoid contact with the neighbor.

When the neighbor was advised that no ticket was being issued, she got extremely angry and began yelling at officers.

She said she wanted justice and she should not have to deal with this.

She claimed officers were pacifying the situation, according to the police report.

The officers tried to explain that they needed documentation to build up a case against the suspects before issuing a ticket, according to the report. Since she had only made one other complaint to police and previously had gone through the landlord each time, they had very little documentation.

Finally, since she would not listen to the proper way that police had to handle the situation and they could not calm her down, officers left.

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