A three-year neighborly feud between homeowners and a church looks like it has no resolution near.
The dispute is between Rehoboth United Assemblies on Laurel Street and the neighbors who live near it. It’s led to a brief time in jail for the pastor and a civil lawsuit brought by the neighbors.
Tuesday, News19 spoke to two of the neighbors who live near the church. The couple — who asked News19 to not show their faces — says that they tried everything before pursuing legal action.
But after many opinions have put the two in an unfavorable light, they’ve decided to explain why they filed the complaint.
“We love it here,” said the wife about the home they live in.
They say it was a dream come true when they got the place, and they thought they’d found a great home in a quiet neighborhood. But they found out later, it wasn’t.
“I have to sometimes make phone calls inside of our walk-in closet in the bedroom because it’s that loud,” she said.
Just 10 feet away sits Rehoboth, a church that’s been on the lot for a couple of decades. About three years ago, the couple two moved into the home and say it’s been a battle ever since.
“We’d go away on Sundays, we’d go away on Wednesdays and then all of a sudden services were on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” she said.
“Or Tuesday through Sunday,” said her husband.
Police have gone to the church more than 50 times and issued citations to its pastor Johnnie Clark and his wife.
The couple has a pending civil suit against Rehoboth United Assemblies, the Clarks, and Hallmark Homes International, the company that built the home. The couple’s councilman, Brian DeQuincey Newman, is representing the building company.
Source: WLTX | Jasmine Styles