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Updated Oct 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Tempe residents upset about neighbors' Halloween decorations

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- People who live on a quiet street near Baseline Road and the Loop 101 freeway in Tempe are none too happy with a few of their neighbors.

The Halloween decorations that have been set up at a house rented by three ASU students are causing quite a stir.

The decorations include an upside-down cross on the roof that has Christmas lights on it.

One occupant, Tony Robinson, is surprised by the neighbors' reaction.

"I was honestly surprised, considering we're just a few days from Halloween," said Robinson. "People look at a cross and think it's Satanist and they don't put the dots together that there might be people celebrating Halloween."

Robinson understands how some might be offended by the decorations.

"Yes, I can understand why Christians might be upset. It goes against what they believe in," Robinson said. "But then, if we did believe in that (Satanism), they would be oppressing what we believe in. That's what I don't get."

Robinson said that he believes in "absolutely nothing."

"I'm not religious at all," he said.

Another thing neighbors are upset with are some words that are painted on a board that covers a broken window.

"It reads ‘Trill House, Kill House,'" said Robinson. "Trill House is the name of our house that our friends have given us. We just put ‘Kill House' for Halloween."

Robinson added that he did not know that the word "trill" means.

Urban Dictionary says that in the hip-hop culture, the word "trill" means someone who is considered to be well-respected.

Robinson is upset that the neighbors complained to the media instead of coming to talk with him and his roommates about the decorations.

But one woman told us the neighbors have been talking to someone.

"We have written to the owner of the house and asked whether it couldn't please be fixed," said the woman, who did not want to give her name.

She said the owner has never answered them. She said that the window that is boarded and has the "Trill House, Kill House" slogan on it has been broken for months, and neighbors are also complaining about parties at the house.

"We had six police squad cars out here during the first party," she said.

She claims that another party that was held last Friday night was much quieter.

Robinson says he does not care about the complaints. As for taking the cross and the sign down, he said, "We've considered it, but I'm not doing it until after Halloween."

"If people really are offended, they don't have to look at our house," Robinson said. "They can just drive away."

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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