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Supreme Court rules on noise violations
Two years after upholding a Columbus ordinance on barking dogs, high court deals with loud music from a Halloween party in rural Wayne County in 2010

Karen Kasler
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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled again on what counts as excessive noise, two years after upholding a Columbus ordinance on barking dogs. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler says this ruling deals with loud music from a Halloween party in rural Wayne County in 2010.
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“The lawyer for Jason Carrick said the unreasonable noise law under which Carrick was cited is too vague, and needs standards set by state lawmakers or – quoting here – “we live in a police state.” But Wayne County attorney Latecia Wiles said law enforcement officers are in a better position to determine reasonable noise than lawmakers. “You can’t put a certain decibel level in a statute and make it apply in all situations. You have to take into account the surrounding circumstances.”

The court ruled unanimously that the law includes standards that can be understood by a person of ordinary intelligence, and that Carrick should have known that if party music is keeping neighbors awake and vibrating windows on a house a quarter of a mile away, it’s loud enough to be considered unreasonable noise.”
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What happens in City Of Hialeah with the NOISE (music)every day. 3 blocks and you can listen music and you can't in your house sleep. Poor people.

Posted by: Andres Suarez (Hialeah) on June 29, 2012 7:06AM
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