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70 complaints filed over car honking in Hubbard

Published: Fri, January 14, 2011 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



Garrick and Lucinda Krlich of Hubbard went to the Trumbull County Courthouse on Thursday for hearings on six civil-protection orders they are seeking on people they believe maliciously blew their car horns near their house.

These are six of 17 such protection orders the Krliches have sought over the past nine months for a problem they say the Hubbard Police Department has refused to correct.

The Krliches live on the corner of East Liberty Street and Creed Avenue, and their home sits about 60 feet from the road, so when people began honking their car horns to annoy them more than three years ago, it became a problem.

The Hubbard Police Department responded the first two times the Krliches filed complaints, but after that the department did nothing, the couple said Thursday.

In all, they have filed 70 complaints with police in about 21/2 years.

Atty. Robert Henken of Youngstown said the couple came to him to seek other measures they could take.

Henken filed his first request for a civil-protection order for the Krliches in March, according to the Trumbull County Common Pleas Court website.

Of the cases resolved so far, several have been settled and voluntarily dismissed by the Krliches, several have been denied by Magistrate Patrick McCarthy, and two have been approved.

In a case McCarthy decided in September, Joshua D. Wilson of Franklin Avenue in Hubbard was ordered to refrain from beeping his horn, revving his engine or otherwise causing a noise disturbance near the Krliches’ home for one year “absent emergency circumstances.”

In a hearing Thursday, John Nittoli of Saul Drive in Hubbard agreed to stop using his horn near the Krlich’s house.

Other protection-order cases are pending, including five set for hearings Thursday.

Garrick Krlich now videotapes the horn-honking incidents and has hundreds of them on CD.

Henkin said he was reluctant to get involved at first but realized how serious the problem was when he viewed several hours of video.

“They are at all times of the day, various days of the week. And what is most troubling — at 1 and 2 in the morning. It’s just nontolerable,” Henken said.

The Krliches don’t want to comment on what started the horn-honking and said they won’t speculate on whether the problem is related to Police Chief Martin Kanetsky’s placement on paid administrative leave last week, pending an investigation of “various charges” against him.

However, The Vindicator obtained a letter Hubbard Mayor Richard Keenan wrote to Kanetsky on Dec. 22 that ordered Kanetsky to issue a letter to his department regarding how they should handle horn-blowing and other nuisance incidents in the future.


1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

get over it, ppl honk all the time. they should start making cars without horns

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2PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Well at least I know where to go honk my horn now.

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3palefoot(35 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Its called harassment, and I think you'd feel differently if you were unable to find peace in your own home.

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4Harley_Guy(146 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I'm not a lawyer; however, I always thought that the horn was a safety device on a vehicle and that there were already laws in the traffic code about using the horn.

I know in NYC they have signs posted everywhere and they do ticket for using your horn.

It would be nice to have the WHOLE story - something, in my opinion, the Vindicator NEVER gives. There had to be a catalyst 2 1/2 years ago that started all this...

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5PhilMcCrackin(58 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Honk Honk!!!

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6photonut(4 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

There has to be more to this story. What event started all of this horn blowing? As a Hubbard resident I am embarrassed by this issue!! There are many more issues that need to be dealt with in our community! The constant refusal of Mayor Keenan to comment on this and the suspended PAID leave of the police chief is ridiculous. Our city is in a budget crisis and we have money to PAY the chief to stay at home????? Mayor Keenan was never elected to his position, he was installed by the former Mayor Magee, when he retired in the middle of his term. HUBBARD NEEDS AN ELECTED MAYOR!!!!

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7Seeitcoming(10 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

What a bunch of hateful people--blowing their horns to harass people in their homes suck. I hope all these idiots are prosecuted and fined.Thank God for video systems. Now all the gutless cowards driving by can get what they deserve. As for you other posters stating you are going to NOW begin to blow your horns--take note. YOU WILL BE Rightfully prosecuted. Lucky these two did not go postal on the idiots driving by.

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8DJ0(72 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

...could some sort of property dispute based on a real estate sale gone bad be the starting point for the harrassment? Something about the bull and the horn, maybe? No good deed goes unpunished... Oh... and remember, there are lots of squirrels, dogs and cats in the neighborhood.

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9redvert(2238 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

And this area wonders why it is the armpit of Ohio.

Bet most of your family trees do not fork!

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10Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I may be mistaken, but I believe this home had a large sign in their front yard and painted on it something about the "Obamanation". People may be honking their horn in support! I'm sure a resident of Hubbard would know more about this sign. Care to share?

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11redvert(2238 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

And you certainly do not want to say anything bad about obowser in Mahoning County. He is a GOD to the locals, well most of them. The county is really thriving under his socialist leadership!!!

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12ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

I think these people should be charged for filing all these frivolous law suits. Waisting tax payer dollars, courts & police time.

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131970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

So glad I do not live in Hubbard. kooks.

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14ytowhoh330(89 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

No wonder why I call people that live there Hubbard hillbillys. lol

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15bouyantkym(30 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

This is so funny!! maybe if we knew the whole story!! i'll honk my horn anywhere i please, i pay the taxes to drive on these streets! and i also pay taxes, and have a right to know what the chief did to have to be on leave, why don't we petition the courts to tell us, we are paying for his salary !!!! HONK YOUR HORNS PEOPLE!!!

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