Gravelle absent at court hearing

SANDUSKY An hour after Michael Gravelle was scheduled to appear in court, he was still a no show.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

An hour after Michael Gravelle was scheduled to appear in court, he was still a no show.

In response Sandusky Municipal Court Judge Erich O'Brien issued a bench warrant for the man's arrest.

The 59-year-old faces a misdemeanor count of domestic violence. If convicted, he could face up to 180 days in jail.

Gravelle, 700 block of Wayne St., was arrested by Sandusky police in March on allegations he abused his wife, Sharen, 59, in the parking lot of Lake Erie Arts and Crafts on Cleveland Road.

Two years ago the couple was at the center of a media frenzy regarding the treatment of their 11 special needs children, some of whom investigators claimed were "caged."

In February 2007, a Huron County jury found the couple guilty of four felony counts of child endangerment and seven misdemeanor counts of child abuse.

Both are out on bond waiting the result of their appeal.

In the latest criminal case,Sharen told police her husband tried to punch her and grabbed her outside the business. The two argued about tools Michael planned to sell, reports said.

Michael previously pleaded not guilty to the charge and planned to represent himself with no attorney.

After the domestic violence arrest, the couple appeared in Huron County Common Pleas Court in April when a civil protection order was granted to Sharen against her husband. That order is valid through March 2009. Two weeks ago the couple filed divorce papers.