Gas Station Owner Vandalized Competition


MEDINA, Ohio (AP) - Police say a gas station owner in northeast

Ohio was so upset that two competitors were selling cheaper fuel

that he vandalized their stations.

Steven Herold is accused of putting glue in the credit card

readers, foul-smelling deer repellent on the pumps and beer bottles

through windows.

Herold owns a Shell gas station in Medina, about 25 miles

southwest of Cleveland. He pleaded not guilty yesterday to four

counts of vandalism and is set to go on trial in January.

Medina detective Scott Thomas says he used surveillance tapes to

identify the owner of a vehicle that had been at a nearby station

when two instances of vandalism were reported last year.