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Horn-honking brouhaha leads to Hubbard couple’s suit

Published: Fri, June 8, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



The recently retired chief of the Eagle Joint Fire District, which serves Hubbard and Hubbard Township, and his wife have sued Garrick Krlich, the man at the center of the Hubbard horn-honking controversy.

John J. Clemente and Marlene Clemente of 723 East Liberty Street in Hubbard filed the suit June 1 in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court against Krlich, of 713 East Liberty Street.

It is assigned to Judge Peter Kontos.

The suit says Krlich created a website about April 1 called “Small Town Terrorism” that contains personal information about the Clementes that could allow visitors to steal the identity of the Clementes. The website also contains false and defamatory statements, the suit said.

The suit seeks monetary damages and a declaratory judgment requiring Krlich to remove personal information from the site. The suit seeks a permanent injunction restraining Krlich from using, publishing or disseminating personal information about the Clementes.

Krlich’s attorney, Robert Henken, said Krlich paid a professional to create the website and that the information contained on it came from public records.

Any personal information about the Clementes, “if it was there, has been deleted,” Henken said. As for false and defamatory information, Henken said all references on the site are substantiated by public records.

The suit was filed on the Clementes’ behalf by attorneys David Betras and James R. Wise.

Krlich has been to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court numerous times in recent years seeking civil protection orders against individuals Krlich says have been driving past his house and honking at all hours of the day and night.

In some of the cases, Patrick McCarthy, Trumbull County magistrate, has granted protection orders that order individuals to discontinue their honking. In others, the magistrate has refused the orders. As of last December, Krlich had sought 22 protection orders.

Krlich has said he filed the protection orders because the Hubbard Police Department and Girard Municipal Court had not stopped the honking.

The website gives a lengthy description of how Krlich says a dispute between him and John J. Clemente began in 2007, when Krlich attempted to purchase the home at 723 East Liberty Street belonging to a member of Clemente’s family.

Krlich, a remodeling contractor who buys and rents properties, was ultimately unsuccessful in buying the property, according to the website. John J. Clemente acquired the property in December 2009, according to the Trumbull County Auditor’s office.

The website says the horn honking began amid the conflict over the real- estate deal. At one point in 2009, Krlich says he counted 100 horn-honking incidents in one day.

Some public employees have participated in the honking, the website says. Vehicles belonging to local police and fire departments are among the vehicles captured on audio and video recordings honking near Krlich’s home, the website says.


1misterknucklehead(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

you think maybe the majority of the horn blowing is from random people who do it just because you chose to make a public spectacle out of a really stupid thing? you sir, are a moron

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2NoBS(2758 comments)posted 4 years ago

OK, but think on this: there are people out there who, when put in this family's situation, would react by climbing a tree with a rifle and stopping the harassment themselves, rather than take it public.

I think the moron is the immature putz who started the horn-blowing because he didn't get his way.

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3DwightK(1535 comments)posted 4 years ago

If he would shut up about it the honking would stop. Why build a website and give interviews to the media after all the hoopla had died down. Krlich himself said things were improving and then he stirs up the hornets nest. I think he likes the attention.

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4watchfuleyes(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

It's about time! This guy thinks he can take on the whole town. It was him making a big deal about it and putting it in the paper after it all died down. He loves the attention. That family has left him alone for years and it is killing him.
He should of checked the records before he had them put on the website, I think he did it on purpose, all the others were erased. Hmmmm...

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5walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years ago

From what I understand, Krlich attempted to but he home from a family member that resided in the home but was not the owner of the property. Apparently, the family member has Alzheimer's and Krlich was trying to buy the property from her, not the lawful owner. Maybe, just maybe, the family is a little irritated that he was trying to take advantage of an unfortunate situation. Well, it that case, BEEP-BEEP!

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6seg(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

This guy is an absolute IDIOT. HE is the bully - there are so many things that he does not share on his website. Like the fact that that he follows multiple people that honk at him - and stands in their driveways and harasses/threatens them. He knows his right and never crosses the line - but certainly tries to scare them. That he paces the opposing family's fence line at night in an attempt to intimidate the family (mostly minors and women - when have you known a bully to pick on someone their own size??). Not only is this guy an IDIOT - he is the the kind of person that no one would want for a neighbor. The kind of guy who probably has bodies in his basement. Why would people honk when they drive by his house? Because he is a BULLY - he is the one that badgers his neighbors and does not posses the common sense or common courtesy that most people learn over a life time. Mr. Krlich is indeed the 'small town terrorist' - one who preys on his neighbors and uses his spare time to make life miserable for others. Those in contact should be careful. This is not an honest or a good man - but one who lives to take advantage on others' insecurities. Small town terrorist indeed.

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7SickofHubbardcorruption(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

This guy is no IDIOT or a Bully. The Idiot lives next to him and the Bullies are all of his yes men that started the Horn harassment. When the City was asked to handle the problem, they ignored it. If they would have handled it properly it would have ended four years ago. Some people in Hubbard are treated as if untouchable. Others are ignored and called crazy. If the people of hubbard want the true story they won't get it from the City. Its a shame a person has to put up with this crap for so long. Hubbard seems to have no shortage of morons for this to go on so long. I hope the normal people of Hubbard (not horn blowers) wake up and keep a close eye on the ones running our town.

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