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UPDATE: Letter about missing emails released

Register • Mar 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Fremont law director James Melle released a letter today he sent to the Ohio Attorney General's office last month requesting assistance regarding the deletion of public records from city email accounts.

The letter is heavily redacted, however, and does not reveal the nature of Mell's concerns.

Read the letter

The Register requested Melle and the Ohio AG's Office provide the exemption in the public records statute of the Ohio Revised Code, ORC 149.43, that allows for the redaction of this information. Melle responded the redacted parts are part of confidential law enforcement investigatory records.

The Ohio AG's office has not yet responded to the request.

Generally, in order for a law enforcement agency to start an investigation it must file an initial incident report with all the information initially reported to the agency before an investigation can be started. 

Melle, who was elected law director in 2011 after serving 12 years on the Fremont City Council, declined to detail his concerns when contacted by the Register Monday. 

"As a former city council member I have a conflict so I requested the assistance of the Ohio AG s offce," he said.  "I'm not going to make any comment about a matter that is being investigated.” 

It's not clear which agency initially started the investigation or filed an initial incident report, and Melle was asked Monday afternoon to provide that information and a copy of the initial incident report. 

The Toledo Blade reported the AG's office agreed to review Melle's concerns and the AG's office also was being tight-lipped about its review.

"Since no one is charged with anything, we aren't saying who the allegations are against," AG spokeswoman Jill Del Greco told the Blade. 

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