CHARDON -- A pretrial is set for 2 p.m. Monday (May 5) before Chardon Municipal Court Judge Terri L. Stupica for Robert Konst, 67, of Bainbridge Township, for the 24 cruelty against animals charges filed against him in February.
Konst pleaded not guilty back on Feb. 26 at his arraignment and, through his attorney Michael Feldman, requested a jury trial.
The trial is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 12.
In February, following a resident's complaint, 68 cats were seized from Konst's home and business, Chagrin Valley Limousine, on East Washington Street.
Back in February, Konst asked Stupica for eight of the 68 cats back but that request was denied.
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In an earlier civil hearing, Stupica said bond was set at $5,433.28 to cover the Geauga County Humane Society's costs for caring for the cats if Konst wanted the eight back. but Stupica denied Konst's request, saying "...the conditions were deplorable...and I do not find Mr. Konst's testimony credible..." regarding how he said he cared for the cats, spent $70 a day on cat food, and how the conditions were clean and not unsanitary.
Konst still faces criminal charges from November in Solon where he was accused of trying to lure two boys into his limousine. He was charged with two counts of impersonating a police officer, two counts of child enticement and one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Nov. 14 in Bedford Municipal Court.
On Monday, Konst was again in Bedford Municipal Court with Feldman and has now asked for a jury trial on the charges.
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Two 12-year-old boys walking from the McDonald's to the CVS on Aurora Road in Solon just after 11:30 a.m. on a Sunday in early November happened to walk past a limousine parked near the D & M convenience store.
They told police that the driver, later identified as Konst, called them over to the limo and asked them if they wanted to take pictures of his limo.
Konst allegedly then showed the boys a gold-colored badge and claimed that he was an undercover Cleveland Police Officer as well as a bodyguard for celebrities. The boys said he got out of the limo and told them it was all right and that they could get in the limo and take photos.
At that point, the two boys ran to CVS and called parents. Officers located Konst in the Nite & Day Laundromat in the same shopping strip where D & M is, according to the police report.
Police say that Konst was doing his laundry when they arrived, according to the police report.. Police dispatch told the officers that Konst had a Concealed Carry permit. Konst then showed officers a Cleveland Police "Friend" badge which he had in the pocket of his pants.
He told officers that he did not have a gun on his person or in his limo. After further investigation, Konst was placed under arrest for criminal child enticement and a tow was ordered for his vehicle.
During the inventory search of Konst's limo, officers located a 9mm handgun under the armrest. As a result, he was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon because he failed to notify officers on the scene that he had a weapon with him.