Amish wedding investigated for breaking crowd rule

WARREN — When it comes down to love or the law, it seems the law will prevail.

Inspectors from the Trumbull County Combined Health District reported more than 10 people attended a wedding reception Thursday afternoon in Mesopotamia. Authorities plan to issue citations to the people who planned the gathering, which was in violation of the state’s order that limits crowds of more than 10 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Kristofer J. Wilster, director of environmental health in Trumbull County, the inspectors found the violation after 12:15 p.m. at a reception hall located off the west side of state Route 534, just north of Wilcox Road.

Wilster said his report will be turned over to Trumbull County authorities. The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the county health department investigated the report of a possible wedding celebration involving 300 people, according to a sheriff’s report.

According to a caller Tuesday night to Trumbull County 911, an Amish wedding was scheduled to take place Thursday around noon at the Mesopotamia location, which is commonly used for large gatherings. The caller told 911 that food preparation at that location began Wednesday with about 40 people.

Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich said he drove by the outdoor location of the wedding ceremony just after noon Thursday, and he said he saw only four people there at one time.

According to Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, violators are charged with a second-degree misdemeanor that could carry sanctions of up to 90 days in jail and a maximum $750 fine.



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