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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.

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