Fine, probation for felling trees without permit

YOUNGSTOWN -- A Fifth Avenue man who admitted he cut down trees on East Side property without a permit was fined 500 and placed on one year's probation.
Ronald Eiselstein, 46, was sentenced Wednesday in municipal court by Judge Robert A. Douglas Jr. The judge noted that Eiselstein had pleaded no contest Nov. 27, 2006, to harvesting timber without a permit.
The penalty recommended in a presentence report prepared for the judge was three days in jail or 10 days electronically monitored house arrest, 250 fine and one year's probation.
The judge said in court that Eiselstein's history includes failure to install smoke detectors (six separate times) and a pending theft case. Records show Eiselstein was indicted last month on the felony theft charge that originated in Boardman.
Eiselstein apologized to Judge Douglas for what he called the confusion over not having a permit to harvest trees. He said he has since obtained a permit.
City officials have said that Eiselstein cut down trees on the East Side with the owner's permission but without a city permit.

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