- Cape student sues, accuses school officials of slamming her to ground multiple times (04/28/16)46
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)7
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)37
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- Law firm requests information about Cape's traffic cameras (04/25/16)2
- Local lawmakers split over failed medical marijuana bill; voters may have a say (04/26/16)19
- Local company makes eco-friendly kitty litter that cuts cat-box smell (04/25/16)
- Man accused of pointing BB gun at Chaffee resident (04/26/16)2
Reducing the noise
Cape Girardeau residents bothered by loud noises when they are trying to sleep at night frequently complain that police don't do enough to enforce the city's noise ordinance.
But municipal court records indicate otherwise. Judge Teresa Bright-Pearson recently increased fines for noise violations to $100, including court costs, up from the $80 generally assessed for first-time offenders.
Police reports indicate that on many days several noise citations are issued. Judge Bright-Pearson said an increase in the number of noise cases winding up in her court was one reason for the increase in fines. In the past, such increases have proven to be a deterrent -- at least for a while.
The city usually sees a spike in noise violations in summer, when the weather brings more people outdoors, even in the wee hours of the night.
It's good to know the noise ordinance is being enforced. As a reminder, here are some of the ordinance's provisions:
The ordinance prohibits the use of any radio, television, amplifier or stereo device that can be heard more than 50 feet away from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. The 50-foot rule also applies to loud mechanical or demolition work and operating loud motor vehicles or power equipment.