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Loud noise in Killeen goes mostly unpunished

Posted: Updated: July 7, 2009 06:22 PM CDT

by Natasha Chen

KILLEEN - Loud noises from neighbors have been keeping some residents up at night for several months, and the city's ordinance against such disruption has not proven very effective.

Annette Rauch and her family have been living peacefully in the same house for almost eight years, but since new renters moved in next door late last year, she said their frequent, loud parties and disrespectful behavior have been disrupting their lives.

But when Rauch calls the police about it, the police must witness the loud disturbance in order to issue a fine or make an arrest. So far, no action has been taken against Rauch's neighbors, mostly because the noise has died down by the time police arrive.

"It's like a cat and mouse thing," Rauch said. "As soon as the police leave, they turn the music up. When you call the police, they turn the music off."

One of the two neighbors who allegedly hold the loud parties told News Channel 25 they have not done anything wrong. The neighbor said that if they had been acting against the law, the police would have issued a ticket already.

Rauch has complained about her situation in front of the city council as well, but continues to see her problem unresolved.

When asked if she thinks the ordinance helps maintain order, she said, "No, I think it's a joke. I really truly do."

Rauch said the police "aren't doing a good job over here. And I'm angry. I'm frustrated - I really, truly am, because I'm just tired of being tired."

Rauch also said that Juan Rivera, her district's councilman, has not shown that he cares. But Rivera said loud noise is an important problem for him.

"I believe there should be more restricted elements built into the ordinance," Rivera said.

Rivera said that understandably, if the police have to answer calls for accidents or burglaries, loud noise complaints get a lower priority. He even has personal experience with the issue.

"Just not too long ago," Rivera said, "I had to call the police for loud noise. And when they came in, the loud noise was over, and they couldn't do anything about it. But as a city council, we're going to be looking into the ordinance and see if we can better it." 

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