WARREN - A Hubbard man, who says he has been the target of a 42-month-long honking harassment campaign, has sued 40 people he claims are inflicting intentional emotional distress on him and his wife.
The suit was filed late Friday by Garrick G. Krlich and his wife, Lucinda, 713 E. Liberty St.
Krlich names 40 defendants in the suit that seeks more than $25,000 in damages and was assigned to Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos.
He said he has spent thousands of dollars to fight the problem in the courts, and even started his own website to display official police reports and civil protection orders he routinely filed in several courts.
He also has spent considerable amounts of money on security surveillance cameras, a microphone and digital audio and video recording technology, including a computer with tamper-proof, court-admissible digital coding. He has posted some of those motorists who honk as they drive by.
He claims that the honking began following a real estate dispute between himself and former Eagle Joint Fire District Chief John Clemente Jr. Krlich said that after he placed a bid on the house next door to him - where a relative of Clemente's lived until her death - Clemente threatened that he and Krlich would be "enemies for life" if Krlich did not withdraw the bid.
Clemente even moved into the house next to Krlich after the dispute started.
Clemente and family members Marlene Chris, Jared and Mike, all at 723 East Liberty St., were all named in the suit that claims defendants have individually ''or in concert with each other have deliberately harassed, annoyed, menaced, stalked, trespassed and blatantly violated the sanctity of (Krlich's) residence.''
Krlich also claims his side yard has been repeatedly driven over, the house shot with paint balls and trash thrown on the front lawn. He also claims he has been threatened with physical harm directly and through electronic messaging and that lewd gestures have been foisted at him.