'Down South' production member ticketed for noise ordinance violation
A 56-year-old Murrells Inlet man is apparently fed up with the noise created by the cast and crew of the reality show being filmed in Murrells Inlet, so on Tuesday night he called the Sheriff’s Office.
A deputy responded to the 4200 block of Highway 17 Business at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and met with Warren Stedman who said the trouble escalated when he was trying to put his daughter to bed since she had school Wednesday.
Stedman said there was a lot of noise coming from the set of the show tentatively called “Party Down South” or “Down South.”
“I asked the victim to specify what type of noises and [he] stated a lot of hooting and hollering,” the deputy’s report states.
Stedman said he went to the filming location “and was told by a cast member why don’t you go [expletive] yourself,” the report states.
He was unable to give a clear description of the cast member.
Stedman was asked to give a written statement about what happened. He wrote “loud noises, yelling people, voices I am hearing in my house, cursing at me.”
The deputy noted “the victim does not own a decibel meter to determine the degree of loudness.”
An investigator went to the production site and reports “there was no noise coming from the site and no one was outside.”
The officers met with a line producer for the show — 30-year-old Clayton Vannortwick of Sherman Oaks, California — who was issued a ticket for allegedly violating the county’s noise ordinance, according to the report.
His court date has been set for Sept. 12.
Vannortwick was also told if a second complaint was filed Tuesday night he would be arrested.
Before the deputies left the crew was packing to go film at a different location.
Stedman was told since no deputy heard the noise, he would have to be in court when the hearing is held to explain his complaint.
Stedman has been vocal in his opposition to the filming of the show expected to be shown on CMT.
He has filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals to revoke the crew’s permits.
The board will hear the request Thursday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, 129 Screven St. in Georgetown.
However, there is a chance the filming will have concluded by that time. The hearing will still be held even if the filming has wrapped up.
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