Reporting Roseanne Tellez
NEW LENOX, Ill. (CBS) – The Hatfields and McCoys have nothing on a pair of southwest suburban neighbors.
Roseanne Tellez reports on a feud that’s taken a neighborhood tiff to a whole new level.
It’s a clear sign some residents aren’t getting along. New Lenox resident Laura Hackett put up a sign that says “My neighbor is videotaping me. Is he taping your children too?”
She says she was frustrated after her neighbor hung a surveillance camera pointed toward her backyard.
“We heard him up at five in the morning in his pajamas, out putting it in this tree,” said Hackett.
It’s one of several surveillance cameras, some of which are aimed at a neighbor’s yard.
“We all have grandchildren and we all children and this man is videotaping and we don’t know what he is videotaping and it’s creeping everybody out,” said Hackett.
Despite the fact plenty of neighbors have called New Lenox police asking if they should be concerned. Steve and Pam Dana, hadn’t yet seen the sign.
“That sounds like it is something pornographic almost,” said Pam Dana.
“That’s totally untrue,” said Steve Dana.
The Danas say, yep, they have cameras, but they’re trained on the neighbors fire pits because Pam has a serious form of asthma. Despite open burning being illegal, they say the neighbors won’t stop.
Asked if it is dangerous for her to be exposed to the burning, Pam Dana responded, “Yes, even the doctor at the ER asked if I could move.”
In fact, she often wears a special carbon mask to protect from the ash
“I didn’t know she had a medical condition and I haven’t really even burned,” said Hackett.
Hackett was hoping to force her neighbors to remove their cameras, the question tonight, is she fueling the fire, or will they back down? They say the cameras stay. It’s legal, but so is the sign. The one thing that is illegal is open burning.