Richmond woman cited after music reaches 79 decibels; complaint was 6th in a week

Richmond woman cited after music reaches 79 decibels; complaint was 6th in a week

The Westerly Sun

RICHMOND — A 45-year-old local woman is facing a charge of noise pollution after police said officers were called to her home six times in as many days, the last call for music that was measured at 14 decibels over the town’s maximum limit allowed by ordinance in a residential neighborhood during daytime hours.

Officers cited Jennifer McIntyre, of 49 New London Turnpike, with one count of noise pollution as a result of nuisance from excessive noise. Under Richmond ordinance, the citation carries a maximum penalty of a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment of no more than 30 days for each offense.

Richmond police said McIntyre was issued the citation Saturday after the department received its sixth complaint from neighbors since Sept. 4 regarding the volume at which she was playing music at her home.

According to a police report, an officer took a sound reading outside the home around 7 p.m. — complaints were also made at 2:25 p.m. and 2:49 p.m. that day, according to dispatch records — and determined that music was being played at 79 decibels. Town ordinance restricts the daytime volume in residential neighborhoods to 65 decibels.

When approached a short time later after turning off the music, police said McIntyre indicated to the officer that she had not played any music that day, despite the officer having been present to hear the excessive noise firsthand.

A review of police records showed that prior to Saturday’s incident, police had received three complaints from neighbors on Sept. 4, and had responded at 2:35 a.m., 4:44 a.m. and 11:21 p.m. that day to address the complaints. During each response, police indicated that McIntyre, who was issued warnings, was apologetic and promised to keep the music off. She was issued the citation Saturday evening after the multiple warnings, police said, and is expected to appear in Fourth Division District Court on Oct. 12.


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