San Antonio church deemed a ‘habitual noise violator’ has its speakers confiscated by city

The city previously placed the Infant Jesus of Prague Church on probation for noise violations

SAN ANTONIO – Neighbors in a West Side neighborhood have complained about the sound of church bells coming from the speakers of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church.

“It was pretty loud. Waking everybody up and rattling the windows,” said a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

Residents have complained about the noise since at least April 2023. Last month, San Antonio Code Compliance took the church’s priest, John Gabriel Olivarez, to municipal court after multiple noise ordinance violations.

“It started affecting some of the neighbors over here because we couldn’t live in peace,” resident Alexander Baldit, who lives near the church, said.

Code Compliance said the municipal court put the church on probation. Due to continued violations, the city confiscated the church’s speakers.

Olivarez told KSAT that the church received six noise violations from the city.

“I respect the church. I respect anyone’s religion, but the thing is, you’re going over the noise meter,” Baldit said.

“All we wanted was the volume lowered,” the anonymous neighbor said. “There are homes all around him.”

Olivarez said he isn’t backing down from a previous statement when he said if people didn’t like the noise, “Buy us out. Otherwise, shut the hell up.”

“That’s it. Every word,” Olivarez told KSAT. “This has not ended by a long shot. Trust me. It has not.”

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John Paul Barajas is a reporter at KSAT 12. Previously, he worked at KRGV 5 in the Rio Grande Valley. He has a degree from the University of Houston. In his free time, he likes to get a workout in, spend time on the water and check out good eats and drinks.

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