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Experience with sheriff’s dept. is less than pleasant

Dear Editor,

On March 29 I called the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department to see if they could possibly do something about the loud music coming from the Allenton Tavern. We live an eighth of a mile away and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 2:30 in the morning the loud music rattles the windows, not to mention a family trying to sleep for work and school the next morning.

I called the Sheriff's Department at 11 p.m. and the operator said he would try to send someone over there. At 12:30 the loud music and thumping bass continued so I called again and the operator again said he would try to send someone over to the tavern. At 1 a.m. a deputy calls me and says there is no law against loud music and that there is no way he is going to go over to the bar with over 100 people there and try to enforce a law that does not exist. He then proceeds to tell me that if I want the loud music turned down to go over there myself and tell them to turn it down. How's that for serving the community?

I have lived in this county for more than 17 years and have never asked anything from this county government. And at an average of $2,500 per year in property taxes, I've paid close to $45,000 in taxes and have not once asked anything from the county. Not the police, not the schools, not the library, not the fire one. I pay my taxes on time each and every year and even have done the local community here in Allenton several favors since I have lived here. Donated money to the parks and fire department. Returned an expensive 2-way radio to the fire department that was found at the end of my driveway one morning. I even allowed the fire department to put a utility pole on my property to install a stop signal at the entrance of the department driveway. Not to mention it was me who called two years ago at 4 o'clock in the morning when I heard someone breaking into the fire station. Fortunately, it was the State Police that I watched roll up just as the front door was being kicked in and apprehend the suspect.

Disappointment does not begin to describe the emotion my family and I feel toward the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department. I didn't want the music turned off, just turned down a bit. The actions and response I received from that deputy and department that Saturday morning were appalling. To call me at 1 o'clock in the morning on a cell phone and tell me to go over there myself and tell the bar to turn down the loud music was egregious and a dereliction of duty, to say the least.

Editor's note: Sheriff Dan Lane says he would like more information regarding the incident, and invites Mr. Taylor to contact him at 810-987-1712 or send an email to

Lane says he does have concerns about the alleged actions of the deputy and he will look into it once more information is received from the writer.

"There is one thing the writer must know, however," Lane says. "There is no state law on loud music. He should refer that complaint to the township supervisor and find out if there is an ordinance. If there is, contact the enforcement officer for Berlin Twp. to take the appropriate action."

Greg Taylor, Allenton
April 02, 2008

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