Man fighting charges for painting Main Street

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Posted: Oct 24, 2014 10:00 AM

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man will hire an attorney and fight a criminal mischief charge for painting the speed limit on a stretch of Main Street.

Fifty-five-year-old John Cherok II lives and owns a bookstore in Burgettstown.

When he appeared at before a magistrate on Thursday, he refused to pay $540 to clean the road plus a small fine.

Instead, Cherok tells the (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1wkGgt1 ) he'll fight. The magistrate postponed Cherok's preliminary hearing until Nov. 20 to give him time to hire an attorney.

Cherok painted the message "Slow, 25 MPH" on the pavement because he says too many cars speed on the road, some up to 50 mph.

Some township officials sympathize, but they say Cherok shouldn't have taken matters — and a paint brush — into his own hands.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com