Court rejects parking citation over missing comma in law

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) – An appeals court has erased a parking citation handed to a central Ohio woman because the city law was missing a comma.

At issue was an appeal by Andrea Cammelleri of the 2014 citation based on the wording of the law enacted by the village of West Jefferson.

The law lists several types of vehicles that can’t be parked longer than 24 hours, including a “motor vehicle camper,” with the comma missing between “vehicle” and “camper.”

Cammelleri said her pickup truck did not fit that definition.

The village said the law’s meaning was clear in context, but Judge Robert Hendrickson of the 12th Ohio District Court of Appeals said in last week’s ruling that West Jefferson should amend the law if it wants it read differently.

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