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Omaha landlord sentenced to 30 days in jail for code violation


Paul Bellinger is spending 30 days in the Douglas County Jail because he built a large white metal structure in front of his house and refuses to take it down. Bellinger said the structure functions as a sound barrier and noise collection system. water, but the City of Omaha said it was not up to code. Documents show that since June 2020, Bellinger has received multiple notices and code violations from city inspectors. “We can’t stop the traffic, the trucks, the tractor-trailers shaking our homes,” Bellinger said. hardly if he removed the structure, but Bellinger said it was there to protect his home. Bellinger’s lawyer would not tell KETV Newswatch 7 if she would appeal the decision. White signs splattered with political messages and cries against heavy traffic are displayed outside his home near 102 and West Center Road. Bellinger and his girlfriend, Linda Davis, feel targeted. “Our city just doesn’t like free speech,” Bellinger said. The two decided to survey their neighborhood ahead of his court date to seek support from neighbors. to all of our neighbors with what was going on, what he was accused of, ‘here’s his attorney’s number,'” Davis said. Kelsey Haverman has been Bellinger’s neighbor for five years. She said she had no never made the walls shake because of the traffic. “I personally don’t agree with that,” Haverman said. “I think the truckers are trying to do their job.” Haverman said she didn’t want to that Bellinger is sentenced to prison, but she feels uncomfortable being dragged into her fight against the city. “I think that’s the only way for him to calm down,” said Haverman.” He goes wild with the panels. It causes a nuisance and hurts us as neighbors.” But, Bellinger said, he won’t back down. “I’m going to jail today,” Bellinger said.

Paul Bellinger is spending 30 days in Douglas County Jail because he built a large white metal structure in front of his house and refuses to take it down.

Bellinger said the structure functions as a sound barrier and water collection system, but the city of Omaha said it was not up to code. Documents show that since June 2020, Bellinger has received multiple notices and code violations from city inspectors.

“We can’t stop the traffic, the trucks, the tractor-trailers shaking our homes,” Bellinger said.

The judge told Bellinger he would reduce his sentence if he removed the structure, but Bellinger said it was there to protect his home. Bellinger’s attorney did not tell KETV Newswatch 7 whether she would appeal the decision.

White signs splashed with political messages and cries against heavy traffic are displayed outside his home near 102 and West Center Road. Bellinger and his girlfriend, Linda Davis feel targeted.

“Our city just doesn’t like free speech,” Bellinger said.

The two decided to survey their neighborhood ahead of his court date to seek support from neighbors.

“[I] gave flyers to all of our neighbors with what was going on, what he was charged with, ‘here’s his attorney’s number,'” Davis said.

Kelsey Haverman has been Bellinger’s neighbor for five years. She said she never had the walls shake from traffic.

“I don’t agree with that personally,” Haverman said. “I think the truckers are trying to do their job.”

Haverman said she doesn’t want Bellinger to go to jail, but she feels uncomfortable being dragged into her fight against the city.

“I think that’s the only way for him to calm down,” Haverman said. “He goes wild with the signs. It causes a nuisance and hurts us as neighbours.”

But, Bellinger said, he won’t back down.

“I’m going to jail today,” Bellinger said.


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