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Septic installer arrested at Board of Health meeting

Published: Thu, March 27, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


Septic installer Berry Meadows, owner of Digging Dirt LLC of Leavittsburg, was taken into custody at the March 19 meeting of the Trumbull County Board of Health at the Bazetta Township Administration Building.

A deputy with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office working security at the meeting arrested Meadows on a warrant out of Warren Municipal Court. The charge relates to allegations from the Ohio Department of Taxation that Meadows failed to secure an Ohio vendor’s license.

The deputy said he learned earlier March 19 from a clerk at Warren Municipal Court that a warrant had been issued for Meadows’ arrest.

The deputy asked Meadows about it when Meadows arrived for the meeting, and Meadows said he thought his attorney had “taken care of that.” Meadows, of Warren, was taken to the Trumbull County Jail.

Meadows’ attorney, David Engler, said he finds the charge suspicious because Meadows never had a vendor’s license in the past and doesn’t believe he needs one to operate a septic-installation business.

State officials first visited Meadows regarding his needing a vendor’s license in December, just after Meadows gave a deposition in a federal lawsuit in which he mentioned he didn’t have a vendor’s license, Engler said.

The warrant was issued Feb. 11, according to records at Warren Municipal Court, after Meadows failed to appear in court for arraignment on the charge.

Meadows was arraigned last Thursday in Warren Municipal Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on a personal-recognizance bond, meaning he didn’t have to pay anything.


1Photoman(1246 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Septic tank installers seem to have a problem in Trumbull County. Wonder why that is the case.

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2thirtyninedollars(604 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The septic tank business in Trumbull county is a racket and this guy tried to shine light on it. Now they are trying to shake him down.

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3truthandlight(8 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

When will these government thugs realize this guy won't be shaken down. A guy with a gun shows up at the man's business over a $25 vendors license right after he gave testimony in a federal case against local officials. Then they orchestrate an arrest at a public meeting hosted by the very officials he's blown the whistle on and hold him without bond until a judge stepped in and said let him out. Come on!

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