Prosecutor assigned in case of stolen political signs PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:49
File photo. Romney signs are seen at the Republican headquarters in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - A special prosecutor has been assigned in the case of four area men arrested in connection with stealing a series of GOP political signs in the run-up to this year's presidential election.
Perrysburg Municipal Court confirmed Monday that attorney Corey J. Speweik, Pemberville, of the firm of Davies, Ruck and Speweik, was assigned to the case as the special prosecutor as of Dec. 18.
Christopher Monaghan, 41, Rossford; and Toledoans Corey Beaubien, 37; Sean Bresler, 33; and John Russell, 39, were arrested just after 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the 111000 block of Fremont Pike, near the I-75 ramp. They were found to be in possession of Mitt Romney campaign signs taken from sites around the city.
The signs were located in a truck belonging to Sheet Metal Workers International Union Local 33, Parma.
The men were each issued a summons for receiving stolen property, a first-degree misdemeanor.
GOP political signs had been reported stolen, mainly from residential areas, in a series of incidents in the city between mid-October and early November.
Special prosecutors are often lawyers from outside of the government assigned to a particular case. In previous cases at the federal level, special prosecutors were called in when potential conflicts of interests exist.
The case is set for a pre-trial hearing on Jan. 25. The men are being represented by attorney Joshua M. Hughes.

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