Calif. Cul-de-Sac Neighbors Just Can't Get Along

Other residents on the street said they were growing exhausted with the families' bickering and hoped San Marcos would return to the calm, pleasant environment that attracted everyone to it in the first place.

Gino Russo, a Weatherstone Way resident for nearly two years, said that he's had enough of the patrol cars on his street.

"I'm curious and kind of concerned about the sheriff's cars," said Russo. "It just seems a little silly that the law enforcement needs to be involved in something like [a neighborhood dispute]."

Russo and his wife moved from downtown San Diego for a life in a more pristine community, and they hope that the drama will soon subside. He and his wife hope to soon have kids who will be able to make friends with peers in the neighborhood.

"We moved here for the fact that kids play in the street and for the suburbia," Russo said. "We wanted to be a part of that, not the disturbances."

Deanna Murphy, who also lives on the street with her husband and children, said the dispute between the four families is just a "blemish" on an otherwise perfect street.

"It's one problem in an otherwise blissful community that we feel so lucky to have found," said Murphy.

'We're Not Moving'

While all three temporary restraining orders against Trussell have been dropped , a hearing scheduled for May 20 will determine whether the Plasters, the Fishers and the Harways are responsible for paying for the Trussells' legal fees.

As for how these families plan to handle the situation going forward, Marla Trussell says she and her family have no choice but to try to co-exist peacefully. In tough economic times and a slumping housing market, the Trussells say they're not planning to walk away from the neighborhood they chose less than a year ago.

"We're going to stay, we're not moving," said Marla Trussell. "The reality of what's going on in the housing market is, you have to stay where you are. "

Fisher, who said that she thinks she was given a "bad rap" during the legal process, still talks of the beauty that once drove her family to Weatherstone Way.

"We have driveway parties, we volunteer and it's a beautiful neighborhood," said Fisher. "But it's more than meets the eye. We all have young children and we're trying to protect them."

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