ST. PETERS, Mo. (KSDK) - It's something most of us can relate to. Your neighbor is too loud, or leaves the trash can out too long.
But a St. Peters woman says she's at her wits end with her neighbor's erratic behavior.
But don't take her word for it. She taped it. And so did 5 on Your Side's Mike Rush when Greg Jennings turned his gaze on our camera.
On Michelle Lane in St. Peters, Cathy Hesterberg and Greg Jennings are at war.
Hesterberg says they've known each other for years, used to be friendly. But last September, "We heard this loud boom and they were breaking his door down next door," said Hesterberg.
At that moment, she says everything changed.
"There was swat guys coming out from between the houses, they were on top of the trucks, they were everywhere," recalled Hesterberg.
Jennings' house, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department confirms, was the target of a drug raid.
"He was taken away in handcuffs at gunpoint," she said.
Authorities can't talk about possible arrests or motive for the search because the case is still active, but Hesterberg says Jennings incorrectly believed her family called the cops.
Soon started what she considers the harassment she's documented in pictures and video, large fires with billowing smoke, property lines fashioned from ladders and other stuff, and deer butchered in the front yard and discarded in the trash can along the street.
It's a practice Jennings' son, Joe, defends.
"America's going downhill and it's because they have a disconnect with reality," Joe Jennings told Rush.
Hesterberg says there's also name calling.
"You're an [expletive] whore," she recalled.
Breaking down in tears, Hesterberg said, "It's awful. I mean, you know, you get in the car and you start your day out with a confrontation and it's just frustrating."
At the suggestion of police, she says, Hesterberg even installed cameras to document any activity coming from next door and boy did it document some activity.
Like someone who looks and sounds like Jennings tiptoeing past the camera on some occasions, running past it on others.
On one occasion the man is wearing what appear to be long-johns. In another clip, it looks like he's prancing around in his boxer shorts.
"He does this all night long because he knows it makes this thing beep," Hesterberg said about her motion activated camera system.
But most bizarre is the video of somebody walking around with a box on his head.
On our visit to Hesterberg's house, Greg Jennings approached Rush.
"Yeah, I'm a hoosier. What's wrong with that," asked Jennings.
Jennings says Hesterberg is harassing him, claiming she constantly calls the cops on him for no reason, trespasses on his property and calls him nasty names. When Rush asked about his behavior, all of a sudden, the name calling extended to Rush.
Jennings: "It goes two ways. Don't sit here and do this to me. You're being a punk right now. You're being a punk."
Rush: "How's that?"
Jennings: "You're being a punk. You know, you're being a little [expletive], you know it."
Rush: "The dancing around in your underwear in front of the camera and with the box on your head. How do you explain that?"
Jennings: "My underwear. Pair of shorts, you mean?"
Rush: "How do you explain that?"
Jennings: "Man, back off."
Rush: "How do you explain the box on your head?"
Jennings: "How about [expletive] yourself."
Police have been out a lot, but haven't witnessed a violation.
"Our officers respond every time that we're called and we are confined by what the laws are," said St. Peters Spokesperson Melissa Doss.
To find help for Hesterberg, 5 on Your Side contacted Bob Borzotta, author of the book "Neighbors from Hell."
Borzotta says filing a harassment claim in court may be the answer.
"That judge might just want to do something to protect you in ways that maybe other authorities could not because they didn't witness it," said Borzotta.
A harassment claim is something Hesterberg says she's considering.
"I just want to be able to live my life," she said.
Rush asked Borzotta if he'd be willing to council Hesterberg using his 15 years experience researching this topic. He's agreed and the two are talking.
Meanwhile, Hesterberg says Jennings approached her after Mike's visit to call for a truce. Things have calmed down. She attributes that to our involvement.
That's an extreme case, but Bob Borzotta has tips to head off a nasty situation with your neighbors.
First, be a good neighbor yourself. Also, lack of familiarity can breed contempt, so know your neighbors' names, wave and say hello.
And if you do have a beef with your neighbor, wait at least 24 hours after the incident to raise the concern. That way your temper doesn't take over.
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