Funny Neighbor Stories
PORTLAND – Everyone knows that moving is a hassle, especially if you are moving the whole house, literally down river.
But it’s just another day for the folks at Ducks Moorage 11699 NE Marine Dr. At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, a crew pushed Ducks’ latest custom-built floating home into the water and readied it for a 12-hour trip down river.
By 8 a.m. startled neighbors, seeing a house floating down by the Glenn Jackson Bridge, started calling around to make sure someone’s home hadn’t broken lose. “It’s not something you see every day,” said Duane Dominguez of nearby Columbia Ridge Marina.
The 2,000 square foot, single-story home costs about $229,000. On Wednesday it headed down the Columbia and down the Willamette to its final moorage at Rocky Pointe Marina, according to Denise Olson at Ducks.
Though the home is custom-built, it doesn’t have any fancy features like a trap door you can fish through or an underwater fireplace. “It’s just a nice home for a couple to live in,” Olson said.
The company builds floating homes from the modestly scaled to $1 million, multi-story houses. Olson said business is picking up and that’s keeping them and a host of subcontractors busy. “It takes a lot of river rats to get something like this going,” Olson said.
A neighbors’ dispute over a missing tree led police to discover marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a Port St. Lucie home. Port St. Lucie (Florida) police were called to the 200 block of SW Oakridge Drive on Sunday by a man reporting that a tree his daughter had planted was missing from his yard. The man told police he suspected his neighbor had taken the tree. He looked into neighbor’s yard and saw marijuana plants growing there.
The marijuana plants belonged to Kathleen Martin, 59, and Bryan William Martin, 50, of 261 SW Oakridge Drive, according to the police report. As police were trying to get Bryan Martin to answer the door of their house, Kathleen Martin arrived home and told police that they were growing the marijuana for personal use because it helps Bryan Martin sleep.
Police seized four marijuana plants. The Martins were each arrested on charges of possession of marijuana over 20 grams; possession of drug paraphernalia; and intent to sell marijuana. They were taken to the St. Lucie County Jail, where Kathleen Martin was released on a $15,750 bond and Bryan Martin was released on a $1,500 bond.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (KMSP) – It’s yet another instance of a neighbor puling a gun on a neighbor. This time, it happened in Rosemount, Minn. while a father was teaching his 7-year-old daughter how to ride a bicycle. Gary Drake, 61, is facing second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges after he was accused of brandishing a shotgun on Daytona Way last week.
“I’ve never seen a gun come out of that house ever,” Helgeson said. Allison Nelson saw the arrest. “We look over and he’s in handcuffs,” she recalled. “He’s walking to the cop car.” According to the criminal complaint, Drake didn’t like the way the father was teaching his daughter to ride a bicycle. “I guess Gary came out and was trying to give tips,” Helgeson said.
The father told Fox 9 News he’s still shaken by the encounter. He explained that when he and his daughter got down to the cul de sac, Drake began yelling from his porch. When the father responded to say, “I’ve got it,” Drake allegedly said, “If you don’t like my advice, get off the street.”
At that point, Drake appeared to get angrier — but as the father and daughter prepared to leave the area, Drake allegedly went inside his home, grabbed a Remington 870 shotgun, pointed it at the father and threatened to kill him.
Drake’s wife eventually came out and pulled the gun away, but police said he didn’t appear repentant when he was booked. In fact, he allegedly told officers, “Maybe next time. I should have shot him.” Charging documents state that Drake admitted to drinking all day, but he denied that it influenced his actions.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another dispute with a neighbor that could land him in court.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday evening.
The 19-year-old pop star allegedly egged the house while his neighbor and neighbor’s daughter were on the balcony. Whitmore says the two videotaped the incident.
Whitmore says Bieber won’t speak to deputies. Depending on the damage estimate, a charge could rise to a felony. In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area. Messages left for Bieber’s representative, Melissa Victor, weren’t immediately returned Sunday.
A dispute between Jacksonville neighbors over grass clippings involved one man armed with two small knives vs. another with a machete and five Rottweilers. When police said the one threatened to sic his dogs on an officer, that was enough to get him arrested Tuesday.
Officers found 44-year-old Bobby Riggs Williams screaming and making racial comments toward David Burke when they arrived to the 10400 block of Ebbitt Road about 11:15 a.m., according to the arrest report. Williams is black.
The neighbor, whose age and race were not listed, told police he took out a pocket knife for protection after Williams threatened him about grass clippings that were blown onto his property, the report said.
The neighbor said Williams got a machete from his car and returned raising it toward him and threatening to kill him, the report said. Burke armed himself with a second small knife and told Williams to leave, which he eventually did.
When police tried to get Williams to come outside his chain-link fence, they said he refused and repeatedly said he would release his dogs to attack, the report said.
By about 2 p.m. officers were able to get Williams to leave his property. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.