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Police Chief Awakens, Finds Man on Piano

February 15, 2005

NEW RIEGEL, Ohio (AP) _ The village police chief was surprised when he woke up in the middle of the night to find a man inside his home playing Beethoven on the piano.

New Riegel Police Chief Steve Swartzmiller said he grabbed his gun and went to investigate the noise in his house. He found 19-year-old Shawn Chadwell playing the piano.

Chadwell was drunk and looking for a friend’s house when he mistakenly wandered into the wrong place early Monday, Swartzmiller said.

Seneca County sheriff’s deputies charged Chadwell, of Bethel, with underage drinking and burglary.

Swartzmiller said his house was the only one around that had lights on and it probably attracted Chadwell. The chief added that Chadwell played perfect Beethoven.

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