WHEELING – A Wheeling couple is suing a timbering company over allegations its unlawful development has caused property damage.
Zachary and Kathleen Loughman filed a complaint in Ohio Circuit Court against GC&P Development LLC, GC&P Aggregates LLC, GACS LP, Kevin P. Coyne Sr., Doug Grayson and John Doe.
The suit states that the plaintiffs own the property at 14 Stratford Terrace, Wheeling and reside close to the property owned by GC&P Development. The suit states defendants began a commercial timbering project through 2015 and 2016 on the property owned by the defendant.
On Aug. 27, 2015, the suit states the defendants set up another corporation named GC&P Aggregates LLC for the excavation of limestone and other resources on the property.
The plaintiffs allege that local zoning laws do not permit the property to be used for commercial timbering or excavation of natural resources, but only for residential development.
They allege the defendants have engaged in fraudulent concealment from the city and state officials and disregarded the rights of the plaintiffs who live nearby by causing soil erosion, flooding and instability of slope, increasing the risk of landslide.
The defendants are accused of conspiracy, maintenance of a public and private nuisance and negligence.
The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs and trial by jury. They are represented by Gerasimos Sklavounakis of Sklavounakis Law Offices in Wheeling.
The case has been assigned to Judge Ronald E. Wilson.
Ohio Circuit Court case number 19-C-54