Bus driver retires after arrest

Perkins Schools employee David Mulvin pleads not guilty
Alissa Widman
Jul 8, 2013

A Perkins Schools bus driver retired from the district in May, about a week after he was arrested for an alleged assault, according to police.

David Mulvin, 56, of Sandusky, pleaded not guilty at a court hearing Wednesday to charges of assault and obstructing official business, a first-degree and second-degree misdemeanor, respectively.

Police arrested Mulvin at about 10 p.m. May 21, after a Corso’s Flower and Garden Center truck driver alleged he drunkenly punched him twice in the face in the business truck yard.

Mulvin pounded the driver’s door of the man’s truck while it was running and yelled at him to turn it off, according to a Perkins police report.

When the driver refused, Mulvin punched him through the window, then fled to the barn behind Mulvin’s Farms, visibly intoxicated, the man said.

When police arrived, the truck driver was bleeding and had a fresh wound on his forehead, according to the report.

Police couldn’t locate Mulvin at the farm, and he refused to answer the door of his home in the 3500 block of Jeanette Drive.

A woman answered and eventually got Mulvin on the phone with police, but he didn’t budge, citing “ongoing issues” he and his mother have with Corso’s Flower and Garden Center.

Police promptly issued warrants for Mulvin’s arrest.

The next morning, Mulvin responded to the Perkins Police Department. He was taken to Erie County Jail, where he was released of his own recognizances the following afternoon. 

The bus driver retired from Perkins Schools on May 29, effective May 31, according to a meeting agenda.

The retirement was not influenced by the charges and occurred because he could receive increased benefits if he retired at that time, Mulvin said. He worked 11 years at Perkins Schools.

Mulvin contends there were no witnesses present May 21 and the police report’s account of the situation is inaccurate.

”What one person says happened isn’t exactly what happened,” he said. “I’m still working on this with the court.”

When contacted Friday, Perkins school board members directed the Register to superintendent Jim Gunner for comments. Gunner did not return two calls seeking comment Friday afternoon.

Mulvin was a 2008 candidate for Erie County Commissioner. During his campaign, a woman filed a domestic violence civil protection order against him in Erie County Common Pleas Court, alleging he was “intimidating, controlling, physically abusive and emotionally neglectful” while she was living with him.

Mulvin’s ex-sister-in-law also filed a civil stalking protection order against him in 2007.

Comments

Mum-of-One

Sounds like a big old bully, domestic violence, stalking and now punching someone who was confined to the cab of a truck and then running away to hide. Intoxicated or not he chose to behave the way he did and now there should be consequences.

reese

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal information.

reese

Since my previous comments were removed because it contained personal information, let me re-write it, leaving out the personal information that I believe caused this problem.
This article written by Alissa Widman is full of inaccuracies, beginning with the inference that she makes that Mr. Mulvin’s retirement decision was made due to the alleged pending charges against him. The Perkins School Board has a letter dated May 9, 2013 written by Mr. Mulvin announcing his resignation and retirement, effective May 31, 2013.
Mr. Mulvin did not tell Ms.Widman that there were no witnesses. There is a witness.

Mr. Mulvin was not arrested at about 10 PM on May 21, 2013, as Ms. Widman first states in her story. Even she writes later in her story that Mr. Mulvin was arrested the next day. Mr. Mulvin went to the Perkins Police Station the next morning after his bus route, as he had agreed to do during his conversations with the police who told him that they wanted to talk to him the night before. He was never allowed to talk to the police.
Erie County Court ruled against the ex-sister-in-law who filed the stalking protection order application in 2007. Why does the SR persist in using outdated information?
The SR did not include the fact that the Cleveland truck driver who made these allegations did not show up for the pre-trial. No background information was included about the truck driver. Was that too much trouble for the reporter to try to write a balanced story?
Did Mr. Mulvin “drunkenly punch” the truck driver twice in the face in the business truck yard or did he punch him in the face through the truck window or did he punch him in the face at all? Actually, I would like Ms. Widman to go stand beside the cab of an 18-wheeler tractor trailer truck and tell me if she really thinks that a person of normal stature could hit the driver, seated in the driver’s seat, in the face. The problem with this story is that it is based purely on allegations and flawed by factual inaccuracies.
There are two other people who have a very different version of this story. The other version includes background information that includes involvement of the Perkins Police; Perkins Township Trustee, Mike Printy; and Corso’s Flower and Garden Center employees. Unfortunately, the charges are pending and those stories will have to wait for a court date.

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Matt Westerhold

Thanks reese. You obviously missed this sentence in the article: "The retirement was not influenced by the charges and occurred because he could receive increased benefits if he retired at that time, Mulvin said."

Obviously the reporter did address the very first question you raise here. The balance of your criticism similarly lacks credible concern. 

reese

Mr. Westerhold,
I didn't miss the sentence that Ms. Widman attributed to Mr. Mulvin's statement. I did not raise a question, I introduced a fact that was left out of the story. The problem is that this story was obviously written to infer that the alleged charges, at least, may have caused Mr. Mulvin's resignation and retirement to happen when it did. It has "Perkins Schools" above the title of the story, "Bus Driver Retires After Assault Charge". Though it is accurate that Mr. Mulvin's effective retirement date came 10 days after the charges were made, one event did not influence the other. I believe that the official letter of resignation clarified that. It is available, if anyone is interested in checking it out. It is more than just he said/she said.

It is unfortunate that you choose to think that my concerns are not believable or credible. The new information that I introduced in my statements can be checked, though you do not seem to be interested in doing that. The other comments pertain to the confusing way that thoughts were introduced in this story.

You are the Editor, I guess, and you can run your newspaper however you like. It isn't my job to tell you what to do. As a reader, I think my opinions, concerns and what I know is as important to share as yours are.

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Matt Westerhold

Reporter Alissa WIdman talked with school officials and got comment. It would not be appropriate to withhold a story awaiting information school officials did not offer, and likely would not immediately have provided, even if they were asked. The question you suggest was not discussed, was addressed. There's information about process you don't seem to appreciate, but the Register is happy to provide you a place to share your thoughts even if we find them misguided. 

reese

Dear Mr. Westerhold,
I am pleased that Alissa Widman has gotten comment from the Perkins Schools. I am surprised that you assume I don’t appreciate process. I, in fact, have never worked for a newspaper, but in this instance, I definitely do not appreciate the SR’s process. However, I am well aware of the decision-making process of school boards and that they can be slow to respond to inquiries. It is a large part of my employment responsibilities to monitor and analyze processes and performance in achieving outcomes of multiple large organizations, and how these organizations function and communicate when working together on a common problem. I also provide technical assistance to these organizations when help with process problems are requested or needed. Another part of my job is to investigate parent/client complaints when they file formal complaints against agencies or organizations.
I also understand that someone made the decision to print this story at the time that it was printed for whatever reasons they had for doing so. So be it.

stayfit

Reese: Go work on your excel projects and leave the Register employees alone.

fredinperkins

Why does the title of the article suggest the opposite? What was the question that was discussed and what is the process she does not understand?

looking around

"Mr. Mulvin was not arrested at about 10 PM on May 21, 2013, as Ms. Widman first states in her story. Even she writes later in her story that Mr. Mulvin was arrested the next day. Mr. Mulvin went to the Perkins Police Station the next morning after his bus route, as he had agreed to do during his conversations with the police who told him that they wanted to talk to him the night before. He was never allowed to talk to the police."

Was never allowed to talk to police? They went to his residence and he refused to answer the door.....why? Then was allowed to drive his bus route after allegations of showing signs of being highly intoxicated less than eight hours prior to reporting for work. Pretty questionable police work if you ask me. Did they not have a warrant for his arrest? Why would they give him a special dispensation allowing him additional time before turning himself in to the police? Mr. Mulvin should have been tested before being allowed to transport children given these circumstances.

Amerian Dad

I'm certain PPD didn't give Mr. Mulvin "permission" to go drive his school bus. Mr. Mulvin made a cognizant choice to drive on his own. Don't go blaming Mr. Mulvin's "after incident" action on the Police.

looking around

"Did Mr. Mulvin “drunkenly punch” the truck driver twice in the face in the business truck yard or did he punch him in the face through the truck window or did he punch him in the face at all? Actually, I would like Ms. Widman to go stand beside the cab of an 18-wheeler tractor trailer truck and tell me if she really thinks that a person of normal stature could hit the driver, seated in the driver’s seat, in the face. The problem with this story is that it is based purely on allegations and flawed by factual inaccuracies"

Has not Mr. Mulvin by his own accounts in public accounts of the event stated " I never punched him, he opened the door and lunged at me and I shoved him back in the cab and left" It sounds like he had no problem reaching the height of the trucks cab?

reese

The door of the truck was open. The driver was lunging at him from the driver seat.

reese

By the way, I am curious about where you came across Mr. Mulvin's own accounts in public accounts of the event.

Amerian Dad

Maybe if Mr. Mulvin would have stayed on scene and gave his side, it would have been documented. No he chose to run and hide. That tells me he knew he was wrong for what he did, because he was afraid of getting caught or in trouble. If he was going to man up to the truck driver, he should have manned up and waited for PPD to come!

reese

Amerian Dad,

Mr. Mulvin had no idea that the police had been called or that they were going to be called when he left. Why would he think they would be called? Therefore, nothing that you say here is relevant to what happened.

Mum-of-One

Why would the victim have to be at the pre-trial?

looking around

Exactly...the arraignment where the defendant enters a guilty or not guilty plea the victim has the right to attend but is not required, they may be notified if their presence is requested at pretrial discussions where an agreement may be reached avoiding a trial. In most cases they will be in attendance at the actual trial particularly if the victim may be called on to testify. In some instances where it is felt that witness and victim presence in the same court may be disruptive other means are sought to allow for the victims well being such as in child molestation etc.

stayfit

The Register is within their rights to bring up any charge in public record.

Reva

Mommy...............

God Of Thunder

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Dave, you will never learn..

Wald

Another reason to vote no.

DickTracey

Wow, what a big man Mr. Mulvin. Beating on a woman and punching a guy confined to a truck.

If my memory serves me right, he was running his mouth in the papers during the domestic violence , too. Saying this is a "he said, she said" the truth will come out in court". His lawyer should have told him this time, to shut up, because when he just told the paper, "there were no witnesses" That's admission of guilt!!

Yes, I punched him, but no one saw it! Duh.

I know for sure, I will be buying my produce else where, I'm not going to support this bully! Shame on you Mr. Mulvin!

Eph 2 8-10

My thoughts also. I'll drive the extra couple of miles to Farmer's Quality Market south of Bogart on 250.

reese

Sorry Tracy, Mr. Mulvin did not say, "Yes I punched him, but no one saw it!" Quite the contrary! And I don't believe Mr. Mulvin has ever been charged with beating a woman. Why are you trying to spin this story into something it is not. Please remember these are allegations of a truck driver from Cleveland who may have a serious criminal history. You are starting to sound like you may have some personal reasons why you sound so hysterical in your comments. Take a deep breath and stop obsessing.

looking around

Nice try Dave!

reese

Not Dave, sorry.

Mum-of-One

Reese, with regard to your comment on 7/08/13 at 9:14pm please note there does not have to be a charge of "beating a woman" for domestic violence to occur. The following information may help you understand the dynamics of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

reese

Mum,
I know that. What I said was that he was never charged with beating a woman. Mr. Mulvin was not charged with domestic violence. The blogger made a comment that Mr. Mulvin beat a woman. I just responded that he had never been charged with or convicted of that.

DickTracey

FLASHBACK: ELECTION NIGHT 2008 Erie County Commissioner Race

David J. Mulvin 1,559

Hahaha! After this latest temper tantrum you'll even loose those handful of supporters now. Good luck with your jury pool!

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