An Ohio man is suing 40 of his neighbors and other local residents for honking their car horns outside his house. Garrick “Rick” Krlich, of East Liberty Street in Hubbard, Ohio, asserts that what he says is the incessant honking is all part of a well-orchestrated campaign against him stemming from a real-estate dispute several years ago.
The honking began five years ago, Krlich charges, and has ruined his and his wife's ability to enjoy their lives in their once-quiet home.
His lawsuit, he says, is based on mountains of evidence and documentation (see picture of Krlich with evidence) gathered over time, as the homeowner and neighborhood landlord has spent thousands of dollars out of his pocket to equip his property with high-tech surveillance equipment designed to catch the honkers in the act.
He also maintains a rather slick web site stating his case in detail. On the site, he calls the alleged honking campaign “small town terrorism.”
Hubbard, a town in Trumbull County, Ohio, has a population of fewer than 8,000 people.
On Krlich’s site, he says that he has filed “hundreds” of police reports against honkers.
“Some of the reports led to charges being filed,” he says on the site, “Others were ignored, and many were used as evidence in hearings that led to the issuance of civil protection orders against the people who tormented the Krlich’s morning, noon, and night.”
Krlich also says that he has been harassed and threatened as he conducts normal business around town.
The site also contains civil protection orders Krlich has taken out against 13 of his neighbors, for stalking. The orders prohibit their targets from “committing acts of abuse or threats of abuse” against Krlich and his wife, Lucinda “Cindy” Krlich.
In a report on the lawsuit, local TV station WKBN says the list of defendants reads like a “who’s who” of Hubbard’s prominent citizenry. The suit names a police officer and a firefighter.
It also names John Clemente, owner of the house next door to Krlich’s. The honking and harassment campaign began, Krlich says, when he tried to buy the house only to be stymied by John Clemente. Jr., nephew of the property’s original owners.
SOURCES: WKBN TV, Krlich.com, Wikipedia