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Smicksburg man guilty


A Smicksburg man will be sentenced today for his convictions on a variety of charges stemming from an illegal chop shop he operated on his property along Hemlock Acres Road in West Mahoning Township.


50-year-old Ronald Hartzfield pleaded guilty in June to operating a chop shop along with both felony and misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property.  Last week he pleaded guilty to prohibited possession of a firearm, and last month he was found guilty of violating a protection from abuse order.  In plea bargains, nine other charges of possession of a prohibited firearm were dropped, as were five additional charges of disposal of a vehicle illegally obtained, six other counts of receiving stolen property, and two counts of alteration or destruction of a vehicle identification number.


Hartzfield was arrested in March after police found a dump truck, a skid steer loader, a tractor loader, a box trailer and a utility trailer, all with their VIN numbers altered or missing, and a stolen crane hoist truck on his property. 

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