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CENTURY 21 PAINT Brothers ordered to serve jail time



Published: Fri, February 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defense attorney asked that his 71-year-old client be put on house arrest.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A Trumbull County Common Pleas judge has ordered a 71-year-old former paint company owner to jail.

Judge John Stuard said Thursday that Budd Brothers, who has been convicted of several environmental crimes, has to report to the county jail Monday to begin serving his six-month sentence.

Brothers' attorney, Charles Dunlap, asked the judge during a brief hearing to allow Brothers to serve house arrest because he is in poor health. The judge denied the motion.

1999 conviction: Brothers, who owned Century 21 Paint in Austintown, was convicted in July 1999 of charges of failure to evaluate waste, illegal disposal of hazardous waste, illegal storage of hazardous waste and criminal endangering.

Judge Stuard sentenced Brothers then to six months in the county jail and ordered him to pay $72,000 in fines and costs.

The sentence was held off while Brothers appealed, but the 11th District Court of Appeals rejected Brothers last month.

The problem: Prosecutors said police found more than 250 Century 21 Paint drums at Liberty Auto Wrecking on Youngstown-Warren Road in Liberty Township in August 1997.

Century 21 closed in August 1998 after being severely damaged by fire.

John A. Italiano, 66, former owner of Liberty Auto Wrecking, pleaded guilty in July 2000 to charges of illegal open dumping, illegal storage of hazardous waste, illegal disposal of hazardous waste and failure to obtain waste analysis.

Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced Italiano to two years in prison and ordered him to pay a $40,000 fine.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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