Resident questions investigation

Published 10:43 am Monday, May 1, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


A resident of the Historic District is going to court Monday for threatening remarks made on April 8, 2017.

A police officer was called to the lobby of the police station at 10:30 a.m. to meet with two females to file Class C charges on two individuals.

James Pernell is one of those individuals.

Police were on Pernell’s street on the day in question, however, no tickets or warnings were given that time.

Pernell visited the police station on April 18 due to concerns the paperwork was not completed and to talk about the harassment he and his wife have endured for five years since moving into their residence.

Pernell said he did speak to the neighbor that morning but it was to ask her to not permit her dog to defecate on his property as he was getting ready to mow the area.

“I never threaten her,” Pernell said. “She makes me feel unsafe in my own yard. She will sit in her backyard waiting for my wife to come home and then glare at her.”

Pernell said he has never had an issue with a neighbor before.

Unaware of the status with the investigation, Pernell was surprised to receive a ‘notice of charges’ in the mail.

The notice included a court date ‘to enter a plea on the charges against you.’