Legal Fight Over 8-Year-Old Girl's Treehouse - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Legal Fight Over 8-Year-Old Girl's Treehouse

Posted: Updated:
Photo Courtesy: NBC News Photo Courtesy: NBC News

NBCNEWS.COM - An 8-year-old New Jersey girl's treehouse might have to be torn down after a neighbor has complained that it violates city laws. Katie Tenebruso's family built the 19-foot-tall treehouse as a birthday present last summer. It cost $6,000 to build, and features swings, windows and a staircase.  "I don't like being in the house all the time, I like being outside more," Katie said. Her mother, Paula Tenebruso, says she researched the town's laws before the work began on the structure. "I called the town and asked if there were laws governing treehouses and I was told 'No,' so we went ahead and built it," she said.  

After a neighbor complained, the family was in court Thursday, arguing to keep the structure.   They will need a variance to bypass Emerson town laws that require sheds and other auxiliary structures to stand no taller than 15 feet. The family will also need proof of insurance to keep the playhouse.  

No decision was made Thursday — the family applied for a zoning permit and will be back in court next month. Several other neighbors have written letters on the family's behalf, saying they like the treehouse and want it to stay.  

Some of them argue that it's healthy to promote outdoor play instead of electronics. "The kids have a ball in there, I don't understand what the big deal is," said neighbor Marci Piserchia.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • The newest royal dog isn't a corgi; he's a rescue beagle from the U.S.

    The newest royal dog isn't a corgi; he's a rescue beagle from the U.S.

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:03 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:03:44 GMT
    Courtesy A Dogs Dream Rescue Facebook pageCourtesy A Dogs Dream Rescue Facebook page
    Courtesy A Dogs Dream Rescue Facebook pageCourtesy A Dogs Dream Rescue Facebook page
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua? More like Buckingham Palace Beagle. Megan Markle's three year old beagle has made the move across the pond to her new digs in England.  The beagle, named “Guy,” was found wandering in the woods alone and was to taken to a shelter in Kentucky. “A Dogs Dream Rescue,” stepped in and saved the now royal pup and helped him find his forever home with Megan Markle. Markle brought Guy home in 2015. Guy has seemed to have formed a...More >>
    Beverly Hills Chihuahua? More like Buckingham Palace Beagle. Megan Markle's three year old beagle has made the move across the pond to her new digs in England.  The beagle, named “Guy,” was found wandering in the woods alone and was to taken to a shelter in Kentucky. “A Dogs Dream Rescue,” stepped in and saved the now royal pup and helped him find his forever home with Megan Markle. Markle brought Guy home in 2015. Guy has seemed to have formed a...More >>
  • Woman smiles for DUI arrest mugshot following fatal crash

    Woman smiles for DUI arrest mugshot following fatal crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:21 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:21:20 GMT
    Marion County JailMarion County Jail
    Marion County JailMarion County Jail

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman arrested on DUI charges after a crash that killed a 60-year-old woman was pictured smiling in her mugshot. According to the Ocala Star-Banner, 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk was driving on U.S. 27 when she struck Sandra Clarkston’s car from behind on May 10. The impact of the crash caused Clarkston’s car to slam into the back of a tractor-trailer. Clarkston’s 18-year-old daughter, Shiyanne Kroll, was also in

    More >>

    OCALA, Fla. - A Florida woman arrested on DUI charges after a crash that killed a 60-year-old woman was pictured smiling in her mugshot. According to the Ocala Star-Banner, 44-year-old Angenette Marie Welk was driving on U.S. 27 when she struck Sandra Clarkston’s car from behind on May 10. The impact of the crash caused Clarkston’s car to slam into the back of a tractor-trailer. Clarkston’s 18-year-old daughter, Shiyanne Kroll, was also in

    More >>
  • The Latest: Officials say lava wall protecting geothermal plant

    The Latest: Officials say lava wall protecting geothermal plant

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:44:59 GMT

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of a volcano in Hawaii (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Officials say lava spatter from Hawaii's erupting volcano is creating a wall that's helping protect a nearby geothermal plant.    U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Wednesday that lava erupting from a vent closest to Puna Geothermal Venture is shooting higher than lava coming out of other vents. She says it's also producing the highest...

    More >>

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Latest on the eruption of a volcano in Hawaii (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Officials say lava spatter from Hawaii's erupting volcano is creating a wall that's helping protect a nearby geothermal plant.    U.S. Geological Survey scientist Wendy Stovall said Wednesday that lava erupting from a vent closest to Puna Geothermal Venture is shooting higher than lava coming out of other vents. She says it's also producing the highest...

    More >>