Youth in Ohio party boss break-in case gets trial

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) -- A March 11 jury trial has been scheduled for a 19-year-old high school student charged with attempting a break-in at the home of Ohio's Democratic chairman.

The Port Clinton News-Herald reports Thursday (http://ohne.ws/19AvL8Y ) that Alexander Reitzel was arrested Dec. 8 after a security camera recorded him trying three different doors at the residence of chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern.

Reitzel's attorney, Tom DeBacco, told a judge this week there was no evidence Reitzel intended to steal anything, hurt anyone or destroy property. DeBacco said Reitzel wanted his parents to buy the $874,000 house, which is for sale.

DeBacco says the case is overblown because Redfern and the Ottawa County prosecutor share a political affiliation.

Redfern called the allegation "gutless and shameless," saying he reported the break-in to protect his family.

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Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald, http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com