Race not a factor in disturbing the peace

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Lewisburg police were called to the 500 block of Forrest Street on April 19 on a complaint of loud music. When the officer arrived they found 58-year-old Paul F. Terry standing on his front porch his stereo "playing very loudly," according to the police report. At first, Terry reportedly refused to turn the music down but he complied after police told him about the city's noise ordinance.

The city's "Excessive Noise" ordinance (Title 11, Chapter 7) prohibits sound loud enough to "cause injury, detriment or nuisance to any person of ordinary sensitivities." The evidence of whether a noise is a nuisance is if the sound is "plainly audible on any adjacent or adjoining property."

Thirty minutes after police left Terry's residence they were called back on the same complaint.

When police arrived back at Terry's residence they heard his stereo again turned way up but this time Terry was yelling very loudly "I am a white man."

Terry was arrested, charged with disorderly conduct. His bond was set at $1,000.