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Connellsville man jailed for failure to fix properties

| Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011

A Connellsville man who was fined more than $9,100 for failing to conduct repairs and cleanup on three properties in the city was sentenced to serve time in prison.

According to court documents, John Enold, 54, of Connellsville is to spend yesterday through March 1 in the Fayette County Prison because he could not pay for multiple fines.

In late October, Enold had 30 days to clean up properties owned by him and his late aunt, Eva White, at 118 N. Alley, 117 and 122 Witter Ave., and 326 N. Meadow Lane, Connellsville.

"It's worse than what it was 30 days ago," said Tom Currey, Connellsville health and code enforcement officer, about two of the properties.

Enold faced separate charges on each property, including accumulation of rubbish or garbage, noxious weeds, open doors and windows, roofs and drainage, exterior and foundation walls, basement and hatchways, skylights and door frames.

Enold said a bank will take the North Alley property, and he's waiting for insurance money and cannot afford plywood and other materials to make the necessary repairs.

He stayed at the Witter Avenue property because he did not have a place to stay, he said, adding that he knew someone who would help him fix the property as well as sell articles inside.

Haggerty fined Enold $500 for each charge on the properties and $100 for each charge against him for being on the 122 Witter Ave. property. He is not allowed to enter the property after 5 p.m. On two occasions, Enold was on the property with guests and was fined for himself and each guest.

Enold said after his October preliminary hearing that his late aunt was a "compulsive shopper," with the psychological disorder known as hoarding, and was not treated for the disorder.

He also blamed the city of Connellsville for removing White from the Witter Avenue home after it was deemed unfit for human habitation in July, saying the city had killed her, and he wanted to file a lawsuit against Currey and the city.

Enold is scheduled for a formal arraignment on trespassing and drug charges at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 15 in Courtroom One at the Fayette County Courthouse, Uniontown.

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