Campbell man, house condemned as filthy, appears in court

Campbell man, house condemned as filthy, appears in court

CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – The man who police say barricaded himself in his house and sparked a two-hour standoff with Campbell police appeared in court Friday.

Authorities arraigned John Ference on charges that include resisting arrest.

Ference pleaded not guilty and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

Police are holding Ference at the Mahoning County Jail. He is scheduled to appear back in court later in October.

Campbell Police said, when confronted by officers on Tuesday regarding an earlier incident, Ference locked himself in his home to avoid police.

Officers eventually forced their way into the house, sprayed tear gas and arrested Ference. He was charged with criminal mischief, criminal damaging, obstructing official business, resisting arrest and aggravated menacing against a police officer, according to Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan.

Inside the home, police found a troubling sight.

The home had no running water, no food for people, and three dogs were found inside the home, which was condemned by the City of Campbell for the unsanitary conditions. The dogs were taken to Animal Charities.

WYTV was able to view the home, which was covered with garbage and filth. The home had no electricity and very little furniture.

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