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December 25, 20W A . e‘StayingkOne Step Ahead Everyone Else” 1: (478) 992-0044 héadhvacxzom A long-standing feud between neighbors in the upscale River Trace neighbor— hood ended up with one of them in the Monroe County Jail for hosing his neigh- bor on Dec. 9. Neighbors Guy Fried, 64, of 12 River Trace and Rex Thornley, 61, of 11 River Trace have been in a neighbors’ dis- pute that has re- quired a Monroe County deputy at the scene five times in the past six months. Then, last Monday, it escalated to the point that Fried was jailed and charged with simple battery for spraying Thom- ley with a hose. Here’s what happened according to a sheriif’s report; Thornley told deputy Christopher Sherrell around 3 pm. on Dec. that he and Fried originally started argu- ing over whether Fried got a burn permit to burn trees in his yard. Thornley said the two neighbors were arguing heatedly over the burn per- mit and then started arguing over each other’s wives when Fried sprayed him with the hose in his hand. Fried admitted he sprayed Thornley, joking that he did it to “cool him off” because Thornley had become so heated Fried said Thornley asked if Fried had a burn permit, and Fried encour— aged him to call the sheriff’s office to find out. When Thornley said he didn’t want to waste sheriff’s oflice resources on that, Fried said he responded, “Your f——— wife didn’t mind wasting their time yesterday,” refer- Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Our Customers Will Receive Great Warranties Badred by Quality Workmanship and Reliable Service! 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Fried’s home on the Ocmulgee River burned down in March. Since then, Fried has put a large storage container and a flood light on his property, spark- ing complaints from the neighborhood homeowners association to the county zoning oflice. Fried re- sponded to the complaint by painting the container pink on the side facing Thornley’s home. He has also installed air conditioning in the pink container. Neighbors say both the Frieds and Thorn- leys have security video cameras facing each other’s property. The Thornleys called deputies to the home Oct. 12 to report a dispute with Fried over a shared water line that is on their property. Fried said he and Thornley have warned one another not to come on each other’s property. Fried then showed Justice Video of Thornley coming onto his property the previous night. Justice saw Thornley notice the camera and take one step back as if trying to hide be- hind a tree. A female voice is heard in the background, and it appeared a hand was covering the video screen at one point. Fried said his neighbors’ water valve is on his property. Fried said he /_ H E BROKE RY :. 8. Cowman». HCLGlNC-S. FORSYTH 0 MACON l FORSYTH DENTAL CENTER CLELL M. MORRIS, DMD immé’miiefiwiwafiamaaf s.” 94 Bennett Street - Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-0440 ea 19 0W ti .. iured UR: Dr. ell Morris, Britne Hper, Meredith Davis, Haley Vinson & Carolyn Vinson Fried jailed for hosing his neighbor in River Trace spat Guy Fried, left, was arrested for simple battery for spraying his'neighbor with a hose on Dec. 9. Neigh- bors have been in a worsening spat with Fried since his home burned down in March, saying that Fried painted his storage-container pink his neighbors side at his property iust to annoy him. put an orange cone over the valve with a “No Trespass- ing” sign on top to keep the Thornleys away. However, he said the cone had been moved. Justice told Fried that his neighbors need to be able to access their water valve at which point Fried said he has told his neighbors several times to move the valve onto their own property. Justice then met with Debbie Thornley who told Justice that Fried would have to take them to court. Thornley told Justice Fried is rude and treats them horribly Justice wrote in his Mon- roe County sheriff’s office report: “I asked her (Debbie Thornley) what the issue was, and she said Fried treats them horribly, and is rude. . She proceeded to tell me the reason he treats them that way, is because he knows she has proof of Fried burning down his own house.’ Justice then asked Thom— ley about the water valve, and she said the county put it on Fried’s property and said a Homeowners’ Association covenant allows them to access to it. Justice then told both Fried and Thornley to notify Monroe County Magistrate Court about the dispute. Commissioner John Ambrose, whose district includes River Trace, said while River Trace has asked the county to get involved, it’s a civil dispute between neighbors and the countys hands are tied. George Emami, MBA 706-207—0383 mobile 478-420-0023 office Over yrs industry Experience MmeWMbWanZWQ/