Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Candidate in court over sign

The Cincinnati Enquirer

DEERFIELD TWP. - A township trustee candidate faces criminal charges, accused of taking down his foe's campaign sign.

Lee Speidel, the challenger in the trustee race, was charged Tuesday with criminal mischief for taking down Trustee Bill Morand's sign Sunday night. His first court date is Nov. 12 in Mason Municipal Court, which serves Mason and Deerfield Township, according to Mason prosecutor Robert Peeler.

A Warren County sheriff's deputy was driving by as Speidel was taking down the sign.

"I understood from the property owners they didn't want Bill Morand's signs on the property," said Speidel, a resident for 37 years. "As I was coming past, I saw one of his small yard signs. I stopped and laid it out flat on the grass."

Resident Cindy Geiger said she gave both candidates permission to put signs on her property, but never gave the go-ahead to take any down

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