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20/20 looks at Hubbard horn-honking incidents



Published: Sat, April 19, 2014 @ 12:07 a.m.

By JEANNE STARMACK

starmack@vindy.com

HUBBARD

A horn-honking harassment case here will get national attention on network news.

ABC’s “20/20” was in Hubbard this week to interview people involved in the case. The news program also interviewed Mayor John Darko, he confirmed Friday.

The case involves Garrick Krlich, who lives at 713 E. Liberty St.

Krlich has said he and his wife, Lucinda, have been the victims of harassment by people who drive by his house and honk their horns.

Darko said he’s “not excited” about the publicity, because the horn-honking case, which continued for years, has quieted down.

Krlich said Friday the honking still continues.

It started as a real-estate dispute after Krlich tried unsuccessfully to buy the house at 723 E. Liberty St. when it became vacant in 2007. John J. Clemente, whose relatives had lived in the house, acquired it in 2009, according to Vindicator files.

Since then, the Krliches have filed numerous police reports about what they say is a harassment campaign by city residents, even some public employees, who drive by their house. Krlich began videotaping the honking and has hundreds of incidents on CDs, Vindicator files say.

The couple filed 70 police reports in 21/2 years. They filed for more than 20 protection orders in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, with at least 12 that were granted. Some were voluntarily dismissed by the Krliches, and several were denied by the court magistrate, Vindicator files say.

Police Chief Jim Taafe, who has been chief since 2011, said the case took up a lot of hours for the police department.

“Yeah, it sure did,” Taafe said, adding that previous Mayor Richard Keenan directed the department to post police in the area.

“We weren’t able to sustain it,” Taafe said. “It’s not practical.” He said that while police were stationed in the neighborhood, there were two or three violations. He said police aggressively enforced against horn-honking there.

Darko said complaints have slowed down.

He said even though he’s not excited about the national attention, he understands that “if the parties want to do it, that’s their prerogative. It’s not the whole community.”

Krlich said he does not know why the horn-honking continues even after he lost the real-estate dispute.

He also said he isn’t worried the national exposure will make the situation worse.

“It’s never going to end because this house is targeted,” he said, adding he hopes the exposure will lead to prosecution of the people harassing him and his wife.


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1redeye1(4699 comments)posted 8 months ago

Hey Krlich Maybe if you would just let it go, the issue would just die out. But no, you must love being the center of attention TOOT-TOOT LOL

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2Roger_Thornhill(626 comments)posted 8 months ago

What a horrible place.

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376Ytown(1294 comments)posted 8 months ago

In 21 1/2 years, the police have not been able to prosecute the people who continue to harass this couple? No wonder 20/20 is interested in this case. I'm surprised that Guinness Book of World Records isn't calling too!

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4katten(1 comment)posted 8 months ago

There is more to this than meets the eye, or should we say ear, BEEP! It all started when Krlich wanted to buy property that the Clementes inherited. Hello, when you inherit property and do not want to sell it, what doesn't the wannabe buyer not understand? Big duh. So he was so irate that he had to come up with some kind of retaliation, so when friends left after visiting the Clemente's they did what you or I would do, tap on the horn to say "see ya" and that is when Krlich got his bright idea. He chased people down and once he chased a kid on a motocycle who actually fell as a result. Nice guy eh? He installed cameras and took down plate numbers. Court cases resulted. Human nature took hold and perhaps horn blowing blew up, so to speak because they knew it would get to him. This guy is a real number. He made a website and actually had the audacity to publish part of the family's social security numbers. Now if you ask me, there should be some punishment for that. He also spent big bucks on not 1 but 2 billboards to put up at the train crossing in Hubbard that talked about this website. Now if that is not a mentally disturbed person, I don't know what is. Krlich is definitely the one who harasses in this story, nobody else. I certainly hope that 20/20 got the FULL story so people can see just what a pitiful excuse for a human being Krlich really is.

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5CountryGirl51(207 comments)posted 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I think this is absurd to have 20/20 cover this story ! There are a lot more stories where people need help, not over this ! This guy needs some helps but not from 20/20 ! I heard one of his neighbors, a elderly woman was walking her dog and it started barking at Krlich's dog who was out at the same time. He came out yelling that her dog was harrassing his ! What !!??? Crazy ! Hope the good people of Hubbard dont go to that bbq on sat. The guy needs to move on and get some counseling !!

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