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8-foot-tall message to neighbors follows two-year feud, says Indian Hills woman

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 7:26 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 7:27 p.m.

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There’s no better way to air one’s grievances than by erecting an 8-foot-tall, mustard-yellow sign in the front yard.

Or, at least, that’s what Claudia Naranjo thinks.

Naranjo, who lives in the 1100 block of North Meridian, said she’s had trouble with her neighbors since she bought her house two years ago.

The sign – which reads, “God bless you the spiteful! We are all equal in the eye of the Lord. Judge me not let you be judged yourself” – is the culmination of the two-year feud, she said. It’s been up about two weeks.

“They’re just the nosiest neighbors I’ve ever known,” Naranjo said. “We wanted a peaceful sign that just said ‘leave us alone.’”

Naranjo has been known to have a trailer sitting in her yard, and her two Rottweilers can be a bit noisy – and that’s caused a rift in the older, settled-down neighborhood, neighbors say.

Naranjo, her husband and three children – ages 12, 10 and 5 – have dealt with police “quite a bit” in the past two years, she said. And she’s pinning the blame on her neighbor across the street, Marilyn Allen.

Allen denies that she’s called to complain about the house. A search of police records at Naranjo’s address over the past three years refers to Allen once – on a call in May from the Naranjos, alleging that Allen kept calling police about them. Naranjo’s husband came over that day “hotter than a firecracker,” Allen said.

“When somebody gets feisty like that, it can get dangerous,” Allen said. “I know what can happen when people get out of hand.”

Various neighbors have called police about the house, Allen said, complaining about broken-down trucks parked in the street and other nuisances. She said it is unusual for there to be such feuding in Indian Hills.

“This is a quiet neighborhood, really. There’s never really anything that goes on. We never see police over here,” Allen said. “The only ambulance or anything you ever see over here is somebody taking somebody away to the hospital or the morgue.”

Naranjo said she wants to file a harassment case with the city because all the calls are “getting old,” she said.

“It’s like they’re sitting in their front yard just watching every little move we do,” Naranjo said.

Allen said she just hopes it comes to a conclusion soon.

“If they want to get froggy, I mean, hey, that’s the way it goes,” Allen said. “If he’s got a problem, he and God have got that problem, not me.”

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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