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Feuding neighbors jeopardize community's safety

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It started with a scuffle between two girls, and now it has all gotten way out of hand. The neighbors only hope for some resolution. It started with a scuffle between two girls, and now it has all gotten way out of hand. The neighbors only hope for some resolution.
Her house has been spray-painted, and her windows were busted. Her house has been spray-painted, and her windows were busted.

(WMC-TV) - Two feuding neighbors are jeopardizing the safety of a community.

It started with a scuffle between two girls, and now it has all gotten way out of hand. The neighbors only hope for some resolution.

"It's messing with my nerves, my hand is more like shaky, it stays shaky now" said Oak Branch Circle resident Ernesha Anderson.

Anderson and her neighbor, Toya Partee, got into a fight in early August and both pressed charges against the other. Ever since then, the Shelby County Sheriff's office has maintained a near constant presence on Oak Branch Circle.

"It's gone into a dog eat dog thing right now," said neighbor Janice Witt, who has lived in the community for 23 years.

She says no one wants to stay anymore and believes property values are tanking as a result.

"We are all wondering what it's going to take. Is it going to take a murder or a shooting for somebody to really step up and do something?" she said.

Deputies have responded to more than 20 calls between August 1 and September 8 about this ongoing dispute, and they acknowledge even more in the three weeks since.

"I done called the police over 30 times ... And the more I call police, the more gets done to my house," said Anderson.

Her house has been spray-painted, and her windows were busted. She kept the three bricks that flew through her window along with all the paperwork on file from each incident. It is to the point that she has installed surveillance cameras.

Her friend's house next door also got tagged.

Action News 5's efforts to reach out to Partee were useless; no one answered the door or the phone.

Anderson says she plans to move out and get away.

"I don't know what to do. I got babies. So it's scary. It's very scary because it's unpredictable," she said.

The sheriff's office say they will keep responding whenever called, but otherwise they declined comment.

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