Funny Neighbor Stories
Virginia Beach, Va. – Everything seems picture perfect on Victor Road in the Hilltop Manor neighborhood of Virginia Beach, until you see the sign posted in Jeanine Wenger’s front yard that reads, “Parking reserved for the neighborhood A–hole only.”
“That’s a matter of first amendment rights,” said Jeanine Wenger’s husband Rich.
“That’s not freedom of speech. That’s just hate speech,” said Joanne, who asked NewsChannel 3 not to use her last name. She contacted NewsChannel 3 about the sign. She believes Wenger put it up after a dispute over where Joanne and her husband park the couple’s truck.
“It makes me sick to my stomach,” Joanne said.
“It’s not just about the truck, it’s about everything. They’ve harassed all the neighbors,” said Jeanine Wenger, who said the sign is her way of sticking up for herself and other neighbors who say they’ve been dragged into court for neighborhood disputes with Joanne and her husband Thomas for years. “All the neighbors agree. They come by, they give me the thumbs up, and say go for it!”
Joanne said she has surveillance video from last year that shows someone from the Wenger’s home walk across the street and tie balloons on Joanne and her husband’s truck. Joanne and her husband started to park the truck on the other side of the street in front of the Wenger’s home.
Neighbors can prove to be a nuisance, and one Washington man became so fed up with those living near him that he decided to take the reigns of a bulldozer and go to town.
51-year-old Barry Swegle of Port Angeles, west of Seattle, decided to take matters into his own hands by damaging four neighboring houses after a long-running fence line dispute.
Mr. Swegle was arrested on Friday on charges of malicious mischief following the incident.
While four houses were damaged and Swegle knocked out power for over 1,000 people when he knocked over a utility pole, nobody was hurt in the incident.
Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Borte said investigators were told that Swegle went off the deep end due to a long-running dispute with his neighbors. In addition to knocking down the utility pole, Swegle ran over a pickup truck, fully flattening it.
An argument between two neighbors turned into a tense and long police situation in Trenton. It also kept Harrison Road between Fourth and Fort streets blocked for hours.
Trenton Police say one neighbor reportedly made threats to the other and said he had a gun. When police came, the man who allegedly made the threats would not come out of his house.
The man eventually surrendered to police late Friday night.
Brookfield police mediated several recent neighbor disputes, although none seemed to get resolved.
According to police reports:
Dog feces: A 72-year-old man on Edwards Street called officers Aug. 30 to complain about dog feces in his yard he said was left by his neighbor’s dog.
Five days later, the 47-year-old dog owner called police about 10 p.m. to say the dispute was continuing. He said his 72-year-old neighbor was claiming he was spreading dog feces on the lot line and throwing it on his house.
Officers responded and found no feces. They recommended the men erect some kind of lot line barrier and try to learn to coexist as neighbors.
Spitting: A man on Weston Hills Drive called police Sept. 5 to complain an elderly neighbor spits phlegm on his yard while she cuts her grass. He said she was mowing at the time. Police talked to the woman who denied spitting on his property. The man did not want to engage in mediation services. A police log noted “this is a long standing feud with no solution.”
Skateboarding: A woman on Brookfield Road called police Sept. 10 to say she was worried that children skateboarding on large rocks on her lot line would fall, injure their heads and perhaps sue her. The children’s father said the woman has swore at the youth and was harassing them. Officers advised the man to keep the children off the rocks.
PONTIAC, Mich. (WJBK) –
A fight between neighbors in Pontiac turned violent early Saturday morning. One of the neighbors used a white minivan to run over three other people.
It happened on the 100 block of West Fairmount in Pontiac. Police tell Fox 2 that three people were hit by the minivan, and two of them were taken to McLaren Hospital.
Two men were taken into custody for questioning. So far, no charges have been filed.
Anyone with information about this strange case is asked to call the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.