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Civil action filed against Charles Jost for property violations

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -

Portage County has filed a civil action against Charles Jost for what it says are violations on Jost's property.

They include violations of solid waste disposal, automobile wrecking/salvage/recycling and vehicles not intended for storage.

Portage County Assistant Corporation Counsel David Hickethier says the county could seek anywhere from $50 to $500 for each cause of action for each day of the violations.  Hickethier says the forfeitures may be ordered by the Court, but the County is requesting the Court provide authority to remove the items and materials related to the violations.

Jost, along with his sister Delores Disher, and brother-in-law Ronald Disher, were charged last month with fraudulently cashing their mother, Marie Jost's, social security checks. Marie has been missing since the 1980's.

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As Charles Jost sits in jail, Portage County officials are working to clean up his home.

"We have identified some human health hazards present there," Health Officer Jenny Gaffke said.

Jost, along with his sister Delores Disher, and brother-in-law Ronald Disher, were charged last month with fraudulently cashing their mother, Marie Jost's, social security checks. Marie has been missing since the 1980's.

Earlier this month, Portage County Sheriff's officers finished their search of the property for evidence. Now, the focus is on cleaning up the mess.

"We did notice there was no sewage or running water on the property," Gaffke said.

The county's Planning and Zoning committee and Health and Human Resources department are in charge of the clean-up. They say the property is that of a hoarders, with piles of garbage stacked from the floor to the ceiling.

"There is a lot of hazardous material, tar, oil, human waste," Gaffke explained. "All that needs to be taken care of."

Health department officials say it needs to happen soon.

"Winter is coming and we need to do this before the cold weather and snow set in."

But, there are some hurdles. The health department can legally start cleaning up hazardous waste right away. But, to touch the garbage, zoning officials first need permission from the court. Members of the Planning and Zoning committee said they'll hire a contractor for the clean-up once the court approves it.

Meantime, the three family members at the center of this case remain in jail, getting ready for trial.

All three will appear in court on December 10th.

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