A Bethlehem couple recently reported being harassed by a neighbor.
A deputy with the responded to a Ridgeland Road residence on May 26, where the homeowners said their neighbor continuously drives up and down the road looking for code violations on properties.
The wife said the neighbor had come to their home and knocked on the door a few days earlier, but no one had answered. When the husband later approached the neighbor and asked what he wanted, the neighbor reportedly pulled out a Barrow County code enforcement book and told him his boat had to be on a concrete slab.
The husband said the neighbor has asked other residents in the neighborhood to complain about the couple and he wanted the neighbor to stop harassing him and his wife.
The husband also said he did not want the neighbor to come on his property again, and the deputy advised that a prohibited entry form would be served on the neighbor.
The deputy then made contact with the neighbor, who said he was part of the Neighborhood Watch program and was trying to increase the value of the properties in the subdivision by making sure people kept up their yards and followed codes. The man said he had gone to the couple's home to inform them of current code violations.
The deputy told the man that if he had observed any problems within the the neighborhood he should contact the sheriff`s office so a code enforcement deputy could come out and asses the situation. The man said he understood, and the deputy served the neighbor with a prohibited entry form.
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