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Ice cream man's ticket prompts review of noise rules

Town officials will study policies in other cities after a complaint from ice cream man Dwight Bell, whom police ticketed because of his truck's music.

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Spring Lake ice cream man ticketed 12/08
SPRING LAKE, N.C. — Spring Lake officials say they will review the town’s noise ordinance at a meeting next month.

The review comes after Dwight Bell, operator of Daddy D’s Sweets & Treats, drew a $50 citation for the music on his ice cream truck. Police told Bell the music was too loud and ticketed him for creating a public disturbance.

Bell appeared before the Spring Lake Board of Aldermen Monday night. The board said it did not have the jurisdiction to void the ticket.

Bell says he has a lawyer and will fight the citation in court.

Spring Lake Town Manager Larry Faison says town officials will research noise ordinances in other cities and will seek to clarify the standards for determining noise violations.

The Board of Aldermen will take up the matter Jan. 26.


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