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Dispute lands Canton man trespass charge

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CANTON - The owner of Canton Townhouses off Ike Noble Drive has been charged with trespassing on neighboring property where he allegedly took photographs of a large pile of tree limbs and other debris.

Gregory W. Howe, 65, owner of Howe Reale Inc., is scheduled to appear in village court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after being charged with trespass, a misdemeanor, by Village Patrolman Kevin J. Mousaw. Village Justice Gregory P. Storie is scheduled to handle the proceeding.

The complaint was lodged by Donald J. Tracy, 57, who alleges that Mr. Howe trespassed on property he owns off Ike Noble Drive and took photographs that were presented at the Canton Village Board’s Aug. 21 meeting.

“The pictures were clearly taken from my property,” Mr. Tracy wrote in his police statement. “The property is clearly marked, ‘No trespassing.’ At no time did I give Greg Howe permission to be on my property. It is my belief Greg Howe has been warned to stay off my property.”

Two other people signed statements alleging that they saw Mr. Howe and another male on the property.

Mr. Howe, 916 Farnes Road, and Mr. Tracy, 22 Miner St., have been in a long-running dispute about Mr. Howe’s decision to clear cut all of the trees from the 6-acre parcel he owns behind Fairlane Drive and adjacent to Ike Noble Drive.

The trees have been removed, but a large berm of stumps, limbs and other debris were piled on the side of the property that abuts Mr. Howe’s property.

Mr. Howe alleges that some of the debris has spilled onto his property, and he wants the village board to declare the pile a public nuisance that violates village code.

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