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ABC official hopes to help resolve Hubbard horn-honking case with BBQ

Published: Wed, April 23, 2014 @ 12:10 a.m.

ABC official hopes to help resolve horn-honking case






A newsmagazine producer says a barbecue this weekend is designed solely as a forum for people to discuss an ongoing horn-honking harassment case.

ABC’s “20/20” will host the “Peace and Reconciliation” barbecue from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6486 Chestnut Ridge Road, in the township. The newsmagazine was in the city last week to interview people involved in the case for a segment that is scheduled to air May 2 at 10 p.m.

Mayor John Darko brought the show’s invitation, which includes “the good people of Hubbard and other interested parties,” to the council meeting Monday.

Council President Bill Williams said then that he has some “concerns and reservations” about the idea.

The horn-honking dispute spans seven years, with 70 police reports and 22 protection-order requests by East Liberty Street couple Garrick and Lucinda Krlich. They say their house is targeted by people because of a dispute between Garrick Krlich and John J. Clemente, the retired chief of the Eagle Joint Fire District, over a house they both wanted.

Producer Andrew Paparella said Tuesday that “it’s called the ‘Peace and Reconciliation’” barbecue for a reason.

“We are inviting people in Hubbard and having a civil discussion,” he said.

He said a “professional mediator” will be there, and if a large crowd comes, “we’ll give as many people a chance to talk as we can.”

“This was not our idea,” said Krlich. “I honestly believe ‘20/20’ just needs some more air time.”

Krlich had hoped the national attention would lead to the prosecution of people involved in the harassment.

“Mediate what?” he said. “I don’t want to mediate with the people who are harassing us.”

He said his lawyer likely will make a statement there. Krlich has 40 lawsuits pending.

Williams said Tuesday he hopes nothing happens.

“I don’t believe the people that are involved would start anything,” he said.

“But anyone could come. It’s a free barbecue, and people will come. Is it going to accomplish something? I don’t know.”

“I just don’t want us to look bad, and I don’t want any commotion,” he continued, adding that the situation “is not typical of what goes on here.”

“I hope people let this go,” he said.

Hubbard Township Police Chief Todd Coonce said he has talked to Paparella, who wanted his input.

“I don’t know what kind of a response they’ll get,” he said.

He added that if the goal is to bring people together, the barbecue should go smoothly.

“If you don’t have that in mind,” you shouldn’t come,” he said.

Coonce said he will be there, and police will do a drive-through at the park.

Williams said he likely is going.

“I should probably be there,” he said.

Darko said he will go.

“I wouldn’t miss it,” he said.

“Um, I think we are going,” Krlich said. “We are going to show up. I don’t know if we’re going to sit in our car. We don’t know what to expect.”

Clemente could not be reached.


1HowlandCitizen(34 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This is the most ridiculous and childish thing I've ever witnessed.

Mr. Krlich has probably shortened his life span by more than a decade because of his stubbornness. Move out of Hubbard. Improve your quality of life. It's not about winning and losing. You already lost, you just don't realize it.

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2DwightK(1458 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Given Mr. Krlich's statement about not wanting a mediation, the public's general apathy toward the horn honking and the city government's exasperation on this subject, this should be the worst BBQ of the whole summer.

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3captainlinger(647 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

talk about blowing your own horn! they should serve bbq goose (honk honk!).

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4sameolhub(56 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Enough already with this idiot. All of his issues are because he is abnormal and spends his life looking at video cameras. It is an obsession with him. Look you were promised a house (verbally) a genius like you should have had it put in writing, did you? If not get over it. You don't live in a palace. Take the cameras down and shut your ass up, and this will all go away. Instead of paying dirt bag attorneys to sue all these people write a check to your favorite charity and call it a day. You are a laughing stock and like "Howland citizen" stated you already lost. You have brought most of this on yourself, and you insult all of the folks who died on 9/11 by calling this terrorism. This is not terrorism this is people letting you know that you are a jerk. All of your East Hill neighbors should post signs in their front lawns saying "HONK FOR THE TROOPS", if I lived on your street I would.

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5sameolhub(56 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

I am amazed that 20 20 thinks this is a news story, and the IRS scandel , Bengazi, Fast and Furious are not? If you want a REAL news story with local flavor go back and investigate the water deal with former Mayor Sauline and at that time Consumers Water Co. Follow the money and the jobs given in that deal and you will find that is news story worthy of televising.

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676Ytown(1318 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

What's wrong with this town? Krlich has been harassed by John J. Clemente, the retired chief of the Eagle Joint Fire District, over a house they both wanted? This has been going on for over 7 years? What a BULLY! Doesn't Krlich have rights as a citizen? Why hasn't the sheriff or mayor been able to stop this non-sense? What part of this story is missing? I can't believe some of the above posts would suggest that the victim should just get over it and move.

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7thirtyninedollars(569 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

This is just another way to create more smoke and mirrors away from the real national issues. The media doesn't have the balls to investigate. So they focus on neighborhood quarrels.
Like the poster above said, do a real story on benghazi, the IRS scandal or the ATF running guns for the cartels.
Whenever real news hits, media finds something else to distract us away from the REAL issues. just think beiber or lohan

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8isaac45(359 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

60 Minutes did an incredible piece on Benghazi...invented out of whole cloth a tale designed to please Republicans...and this is the thanks they get?

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