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Attorney hopes piece of paper will clear men accused of water theft in Campbell

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CAMPBELL, Ohio -

A defense attorney hopes that handwriting on a small piece of paper will clear two men accused of stealing water from the city of Campbell.

Leonard Villars and Phillip Stratus pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and tampering with city water in Campbell Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Police say the Odyssey Environmental Services employees used a fire hydrant to fill their tanker truck with out permission this past Saturday.

Attorney Scott Essad, who represents Odyssey Environmental, says the city of Campbell gave the company a hand written work order giving the men permission to clean a storm sewer.

Essad also says that the men took water from a fire hydrant used when Odyssey Environmental was contracted to do previous work for the city.

Steven Gruber, the President of Odyssey Environmental Services, also said that city administrator Judy Clement gave his company permission to use the water. Clement denies giving her authorization.

"This is where the paperwork is not good. That's how I do my daily business that's how most people do their daily business. Perhaps she has a higher standard because she's at the city.  But she ordered the work to be done by giving my clients a post-it note. In her handwriting directing them to do the work." said Essad.

Essad says the hand written not presented in court is not the actual note for the work in question, but from previous work orders.

Attorney Essad believes that once the police department and the city administration communicates with each other, the matter will be resolved.

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