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State seeks to prevent sheriff's sale of 122-year-old amusement park in northwest Pennsylvania


MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania — The state attorney general's office has asked a judge to stop the sheriff's sale of a 122-year-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania.

In papers filed Wednesday in Crawford County Court, lawyers argue that Conneaut (kaw-nee-AWT') Lake Park is a tax-exempt charitable trust. They say it can't be sold at auction because any buyer must set aside the property for public use.

The park is scheduled to be sold on Nov. 7 to recoup more than $927,000 in taxes owed to the county and other entities.

But Conneaut Lake Park trustees hope a financial reorganization will allow them to redevelop, revitalize and expand the facilities.

The park, about 95 miles north of Pittsburgh, opened in 1892.

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