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article imageOp-Ed: Neighbor feuds in a world of uncertainty

By Melissa Horrocks     Jul 4, 2012 in Crime
Neighbor feuds are becoming more common across the world. Neighbor feuds can lead to murder, abuse, violence and other crime.
There are many neighbor feuds that are happening across America. I've recently had the same happen to me. However, it didn't lead to the trouble that's happened in these stories. It did lead to my neighbor cutting down my washing line, throwing a broken mirror and fence in our garden. These stories below demonstrate just how far neighbor feuds can go.
According to the News Herald, A man from Oak Park was charged with indecent exposure as he shook his penis at the woman who lives next door to him because she and her husband phoned the city about the smell of dog feces in his yard.
A city code enforcement officer visited Gilliam's home on Wednesday and left a notice ordering him to clean the yard. Oak Park Public Safety Lt. Samantha Kretzschmar, said that, “The next-door neighbors told us the odor was so bad they couldn’t sit on their patio in the backyard anymore.”
Our neighbor phoned the council on us and when they came out, they realized that they had, had a wasted journey. Our backyard is nowhere near the same as in this story.
Tampa Bay Online reports, that a Pinellas County man shot his neighbor to death after a longstanding argument came to a head today, in the mobile home park off U.S. 19, deputies said.
Keith Alan Lewandowski, 46, was murdered when he stepped in front of the gun that was pointed at his wife, Sandra. The Sheriff's Office said, "Lewandowski's neighbor, 47-year-old Bruce K. Schunk, has been arrested in connection with the shooting."
Police had been called to the neighbor's property on several occasions because of the feud. They were at the home, six months ago in connection with the suspect and other neighbors. Nobody else was hurt.
It is awful that this case led to murder. It makes me wonder that had the police intervened sooner, it might not have come to this.
Upper Michigan's Source report, that Larry Kouw who had an issue with his neighbor, has been found guilty of four of the six charges he recently faced in Schoolcraft County Court.
The charges Kouw faced were linked with incidents with his neighbor, 83-year-old Richard Hughson. Kouw assaulted Hughson's son, Rick A. Hughson, destructed property and contributed to the delinquency of a minor. Kouw was charged with $500 to $2,000 in fines.
These examples show what can happen when neighbor feuds get out of control. Unfortunately, it seems as though neighbor feuds are increasing, all over the world. In these tough times, we should be striving to get along with our neighbors, yet many people fight. Is this a sign of the times? In our situation, a lot of what our neighbor has done is fueled by alcohol and irrational behavior. Are people taking their burdens out on others? Could these crimes have been avoided, if the police had intervened sooner?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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