Village of Put-in-Bay
Top Secret: False police reports
Sep 6, 2014 at 8:17 AM
Nearly a year after a Put-in-Bay police sergeant arrested three employees at the Put-in-Bay Resort, police and prosecutors contend the reports documenting their arrests must remain secret while they continue conducting a criminal investigation.
PIB police Chief Ric Lampela, village law director George Wilber and Ottawa County Prosecutor Mark Mulligan all also refuse to answer allegations the employees were falsely charged.
The arrest reports are "confidential law enforcement investigatory records," Ottawa County assistant prosecutor Joe Gerber told the Register on Monday.
Watch: Surveillance video from strange island arrests
Gerber incorrectly cites an exemption in state law that protects records from disclosure prior to an arrest.
Law enforcement agencies are required by law to document their interactions with the public and file detailed reports when arrests are made. Those reports are generally — with few and precise exceptions — public record.
Gerber's not the first assistant to get passed the hot potato from Mulligan.
Mulligan authorized the arrests, according to PIB police Sgt. Steve Korossy. Korossy can be heard stating that on hotel surveillance video of the arrests, and he documented Mulligan's authorization in his report, according to hotel officials.
But Mulligan has refused to comment on his involvement, and he previously told the Register assistant county prosecutor Dave Boldt was overseeing the prosecution of the cases against the employees.
Like Mulligan and Gerber, Boldt also refused to comment or provide documentation, incorrectly citing limitations to the public records law that don't exist.
Korossy arrested the hotel's general manager, Lisa Cooper, on Sept. 23, at the hotel when she could not immediately provide him a rental contract for a golf cart that was cited for a parking violation.
Cooper was charged with obstruction.
Korossy came back to the hotel's front desk the next day with three other PIB police officers and in separate incidents arrested two employees — charging each with obstruction — after they refused to talk with him about the hotel's decision to fire another employee.
Korossy demanded the fired employee be immediately paid.
The fired employee was Korossy's girlfriend at the time, hotel officials told the Register.
Chief Lampela and Korossy have refused to respond to inquiries or provide any explanation for the arrests or responses to the allegation the woman and Korossy had a personal relationship, or why he would investigate what appears to be a civil matter.
Hotel officials contend Lampela has waged a campaign of harassment against PIB Resort and other businesses and residents who have questioned police conduct.
Mulligan has refused to say whether he authorized the arrests, and he previously provided conflicting information to hotel officials about his role.
The hotel provided the surveillance video of the arrests, which they say clearly show Korossy violating the civil rights of all three employees when he handcuffed them for declining to talk with him.
Lampela, Wilber and Mulligan all refuse to say whether they've viewed the video and will not comment on it, or address the false arrest complaints from the employees and hotel officials.
One of the three obstruction cases was dismissed.
Wilber and Mulligan refuse to say whether they intend to seek convictions on obstruction charges for the two unresolved court cases.
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