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Connellsville man faces $2,000 in fines for dilapidated properties

| Wednesday, July 6, 2011

District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. has assessed more than $2,000 in fines against a Connellsville man's three dilapidated properties.

At a summary trial Tuesday, Haggerty found John Enold, 53, of 122 Witter Ave., guilty of seven health code violations on his 118 North Alley property.

Haggerty assessed Enold $150 each for exterior walls, foundation walls, unsealed doors, rubbish, vacant structure and windows, and $100 for noxious weeds.

Connellsville's health and code officer Tom Currey sent Enold a letter in March, giving Enold 60 days to seal up the property and remove the garbage. He issued an additional citation for the weeds.

"I don't have any money," Enold replied when Haggerty asked him why he had not taken any action.

"You've got all these properties, don't you think maybe you should think of tearing them down or selling them?" Haggerty asked.

"I'm thinking of selling all of them as is," Enold said.

Enold pleaded guilty to violations on two other properties following the summary trial.

Haggerty fined Enold $100 each for exterior walls and weeds at 117 Witter Ave. and $100 each for a basement hatchway and weeds at 122 Witter Ave.

The new and outstanding fines on the properties total $2,122.50, which Enold has nine months to pay.

After the trial, Currey said, "Typically after a guilty verdict I give 30 days, then refile if there are no improvements."

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