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Neighbors Sue Over A Nuisance

SPOKANE, Wash. - A group of homeowners in one Spokane neighborhood go to extreme measures to have some peace and quiet. Neighbors in the area of Green Street and Mission teamed up to stop a nuisance in their neighborhood. They even went as far as taking the bothersome homeowner to court.

Chris Duclos said she had a neighbor who would race, blast music at all hours of the day and was disrupting the peace. Duclos along with 7 other neighbors said they tried to solve the problem peacefully by repeatedly asking the noisy homeowner to quiet down. When he didn't cooperate, the neighbors decided to take action by documenting his every move, taking photos, videos and journals. They then took that evidence to small claims court where they won an $18,000 settlement to be divided among each neighbor who filed a claim.

Duclos said it was a lengthy process that took a couple years to finish, but adds she would do it again.

"It was worth it, it's very quiet, the neighbors are so pleased, and I don't have to sleep with my baseball bat anymore," said Chris Duclos.

The neighbors have yet to see a penny of the $18,000 yet, but they go back to court next Wednesday. Meanwhile the noisy neighbor has since moved out of the neighborhood.

Duclos said she didn't want to have to sue her neighbor, but adds this sends a strong message to others that a nuisance will not be tolerated on her block, and she hasn't had a problem since.

For those who may experience similar problems, Duclos recommends a 70 page instruction manual on how to create a neighborhood free from nuisance called "Safe Streets." It can be found in any C.O.P.S shop in Spokane. A link to the C.O.P.S. Safe Street Program can be found by clicking on the Find it tab on our home page.

 

 

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