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Church files motion in noise battle with neighbors

Friday, February 15, 2013

Attorneys for NewHope Church in Durham have fired back in its ongoing legal dispute over loud music with neighbors along Fayetteville Road.

In a motion obtained Friday by ABC11, attorney William J. Thomas, II asks a judge to allow inspection of two homes near the church to test for sound levels. A hearing on the issue was scheduled for next week.

Click here to read the document (.pdf)

Thomas argues that such testing is essential as he prepares for a preliminary injunction hearing and trial.

The lawsuit filed by neighbors against the church last month accuses it of holding performances and practice sessions at its facility that are "akin to rock concerts."

Nine families living in The Hills at Southpoint subdivision have joined the suit.

Click here to read the lawsuit (.pdf)

In December, police cited the church under Durham's noise ordinance for sound considered "unreasonable and disturbing."

The church claims it's tried to work with its neighbors by soundproofing walls, lowering sound levels, and changing worship times.

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