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Geneva Residents Want Police to Enforce Noise Ordinance

Music laced with profanity continues to blare through a Geneva neighborhood. Residents are asking police to crack down.

Geneva Homeowner Michell Harding says it takes place at anytime during the day or night: a vehicle driving by with the sound system wide-open.

Mrs. Harding says she and her neighbors are tired of the harassment. "It's bad; the music will cause the house to rattle. It would make the dead awake, yes, it's bad," she said.

Over the weekend, Mary Ward's husband got into an argument with a young man driving with his boom box turned "way up".

A city noise ordinance prohibits the sound from a vehicle traveling more than 10-feet away.

Ward says, "I don't try and cram my music down anyone's throat, and I expect the same respect. I'm tired of my windows rattling and being forced to hear it while I try and sleep."

Glenda Brock, a Geneva parent, said, "This is my parent's home, and it's real bad to hear the music and it's disrespectful. It’s real bad."

Longtime City Police Chief Frankie Lindsey and his officers have been writing noise citations. He would like to see the penalties stiffened. He says, "Perhaps get it to $500 dollars; we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior here in Geneva."

With the summer season fast approaching, homeowners expect the noise problem to get worse before getting better.

Chief Lindsey will propose to the city council an increase in fines associated with the noise ordinance.


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