Bus driver retires after arrest

Perkins Schools employee David Mulvin pleads not guilty
Alissa Widman Neese
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

PTBarnumWouldBeProud

Way to stir the pot SR. The fact that he is/was a Perkins bus driver has not one single thing to do with the facts of this case.

Ms. Widman, are you enjoying your time playing "Sim City" with Perkins Township? What's next? The zombie outbreak? The UFO invasion?

I'm not excusing, or by any means condoning what Mr. Mulvin is alleged to have done, but come on SR, you've got your education reporter handling this story? Let's keep this in perspective. This should be relegated to the police blotter page, not masked as an "education" story.

SamAdams

Being charged with the care of young children has nothing to do with whether or not you've apparently got tendencies to violence? Really? I'll let you think on that a little while longer, shall I?

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reese

The Perkins Police could have arrested Mr. Mulvin the next morning at his place of employment before he drove his school bus, if they were concerned about him being intoxicated. They could have made him have BAL testing.No blood tests, no breathalyzer tests? Usually when stories are written about suspected alcohol involvement in alleged crimes or violations, the law enforcement personnel report that alcohol involvement in the incident is under investigation until official testing or reports can be completed. What is the competence level or professional expertise of the truck driver that would support his reliability in determining whether anyone is intoxicated? I know why he did not answer his door. So does Judge O'Brian, so does his personal physician and so do the Perkins Police. What happened was not a boneheaded stunt. He did not flee to his barn. He did not run home and hide. When he was finished working, he got his dog from his mom and went home. He did not even know that the police were looking for him at that point. There was no drunken brawl. You certainly like to use emotionally charged language to describe your version of what you think happened, and about which you know nothing.

looking around

Hmmmm.....I'm not either defending nor accusing,I have no stake in the outcome, but am examining allegations, reported actions by police, and evidence offered. You say he did not know the police had been called or was looking for him? The police first went to the farm where presumably the truck driver reported his alleged attacker had retreated. They were unable to locate Mr. Mulvin there. How long did he remain at work "the farm" after the incident? Could he have been contacted on his cell phone if he was in the field and advised the police wanted to speak to him? The police then went to his residence where he refused a face to face talk with the police. This all seemed to happen in a short time frame. I find it odd that he would speak to the police by phone rather than open the door for a face to face. You say the Cleveland truck driver may have a serious criminal background hence his word should not be taken? At the same time you say other past allegations or actions taken against Mr. Mulvin should not have bearing? Kind of a double standard even given the he says she says defense. To bad there was not some video surveillance of the area where the alleged incident took place. You have stated that Mr. Mulvins physician knows why he would not speak to police? Are you insinuating that Mr. Mulvin was under the influence of some sort of medication? If so then operating machinery or driving a school bus should still come into question. All in all the police work could have been better to offer better factual information regarding these allegations. Just Say'n

reese

"You say he did not know the police had been called or was looking for him?" No, he did not know this at the time that he left the farm, went home and went to bed.

" The police first went to the farm where presumably the truck driver reported his alleged attacker had retreated. They were unable to locate Mr. Mulvin there. How long did he remain at work "the farm" after the incident?" - He and the witness walked from the driver's truck parked in the right of way to the Corso loading dock and talked to the dock manager for a few minutes about ongoing issues with the truck drivers. Then they left, set the alarm on their facilities, the witness left, Mr. Mulvin picked up his dog from his mother's house and went home. I am guessing 15 minutes all together. I don't know when the police were called or how long it took them to get there. I think that the alleged victim had to go to the police station to file the complaint. They took a picture of his face during this process. This did not transpire that quickly. When the police came to the farm, they spent quite a bit of time looking for Mr. Mulvin and questioning his mother about his whereabouts and calling her a liar repeatedly when she told them that he had gone home. They continued to search the farm even after the conversation with his mother.
"Could he have been contacted on his cell phone if he was in the field and advised the police wanted to speak to him?" - No, the incident occurred after he and the witness returned from working in the field around 9 PM.
" You have stated that Mr. Mulvins physician knows why he would not speak to police? Are you insinuating that Mr. Mulvin was under the influence of some sort of medication? If so then operating machinery or driving a school bus should still come into question." - I am saying that his physician would know why he would not talk to the police after he had gone to bed. He told the reason to the police that night and later to the Judge. He was not under the influence of any sort of medication when he was operating machinery or driving a school bus.

" You say the Cleveland truck driver may have a serious criminal background hence his word should not be taken? At the same time you say other past allegations or actions taken against Mr. Mulvin should not have bearing? " I did not say the truck driver's word should not be taken because he may have a criminal record. I am saying that the SR should not include past allegations that were ruled in Mr. Mulvin's favor by the court. And if they are going to include Mr. Mulvin's past single incident where he was ruled against, then they should also include any criminal record of the alleged victim.

looking around

You have to appreciate the process of discovery pre-trial, albeit here in the blogs and not yet in the courtroom, but it does allow for the Mulvins to tell their side. Leave it to the readers that may have personal knowledge of what has been said by them or others in public if they buy it or not.

"Then they left, set the alarm on their facilities, the witness left, Mr. Mulvin picked up his dog from his mother's house and went home"

I'm just reading between the lines here.

Their facilities meaning the "witness" is a member of the Mulvin family. most likely a brother.

"He and the witness walked from the driver's truck parked in the right of way to the Corso loading dock and talked to the dock manager for a few minutes about ongoing issues with the truck drivers"

Should be interesting to see what the "dock manager" has to say concerning the sobriety and attitude of the alleged attacker, assuming it may make it to trial in August unless pressure is brought on to the victim and Corso's to drop the charges.

"" You have stated that Mr. Mulvins physician knows why he would not speak to police? Are you insinuating that Mr. Mulvin was under the influence of some sort of medication? If so then operating machinery or driving a school bus should still come into question." - I am saying that his physician would know why he would not talk to the police after he had gone to bed. He told the reason to the police that night and later to the Judge. He was not under the influence of any sort of medication when he was operating machinery or driving a school bus."

It's a small town....rumors have it that Mr. Mulvin had yet to retire to bed and could be seen through a window watching TV with his wife, yet refused to answer the door? Fact or fiction? Enlighten us.

"Could he have been contacted on his cell phone if he was in the field and advised the police wanted to speak to him?" - "No, the incident occurred after he and the witness returned from working in the field around 9 PM."

Irregardless in the field, home or enroute. He could not be reached by phone?

Allegations are that Mr. Mulvin was drunk. Had Mr. Mulvin at anytime prior to the incident of the day, consumed any alcohol? Perhaps taking a shot and beer break in between farm chores?

Mr. Mulvins character and general demeanor are pretty well known to the locals, he can be a great guy when he wants to be but seems to have bouts with demons and denial and at times can be quite controversial in nature. This is why many here have negative comments or questions regarding the facts of this incident.

Life doesn't need to be complicated, there are ways to settle disputes without the drama of personal confrontations.

May Justice Prevail.

reese

“Their facilities meaning the "witness" is a member of the Mulvin family. most likely a brother.”

My use of the possessive adjective “their” was an error on my part. David Mulvin is the sole owner of Mulvin’s Farm.

“Should be interesting to see what the "dock manager" has to say concerning the sobriety and attitude of the alleged attacker, assuming it may make it to trial in August unless pressure is brought on to the victim and Corso's to drop the charges.”

The “alleged” victim is an employee of a trucking company that Corso’s contracts with during their busy season. Corso’s has not filed any charges against anyone, so there are none to be dropped by them. Don’t know where you got the August trial idea. I am sure Mr. Mulvin would be glad to hear that.

I have not heard anything about what the dock master's thoughts are. He would be a Corso's employee though, I think.

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I was referring to Mr. Mulvins threats of involving the EPA as a means of pressuring them "Corso's" to intervene with the driver to drop charges. The August court date is documented and can be see on-line Sandusky Municipal Court records. So a Corso's employees witness statement would not be believable?

My bad it appears the pre-trial was moved from an August date to a July date and no account of further proceedings has yet been posted.

http://www.sanduskymunicipalcour...

reese

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looking around

"Mr. Mulvin has not threatened to involve the EPA" Whom am I to believe, you or my own ears?

reese

“It's a small town....rumors have it that Mr. Mulvin had yet to retire to bed and could be seen through a window watching TV with his wife, yet refused to answer the door? Fact or fiction? Enlighten us.”

The rumormongering that goes on in this community is something that I was not exposed to growing up in a large metro area. Though I have lived in this area for almost as long as I have lived other places, I don’t understand it or the hurtful environment which must be sustained in order for that behavior to persist. I have not heard that rumor. My understanding, according to the police report, is that when they arrived at the Jeannette Drive residence, all the lights were off in the house, except a bathroom light, which the police went up to and knocked on the window. According to Mr. Mulvin, his wife was in the bathroom and was startled and came running into the bedroom screaming and awakened Mr. Mulvin. I don’t know what happened after that, if you are going to ask.
“Irregardless in the field, home or enroute. He could not be reached by phone?”

Mr. Mulvin routinely turns his phone off when he goes home and charges it in his truck overnight. I believe that the police did talk to him over the home phone at his residence. The conversation with the police did not include anything about what happened with the truck driver. It was mainly about that the police wanted to talk to him and Mr. Mulvin explaining that he was not going to be able to talk to them and why. He told them that he would come to talk to them after his bus route in the morning. They threatened to break his door in and to drag him off the school bus in front of the children in the morning. I guess they pounded on the door for a while and then left. His mother said that there were three of them at her house threatening her that if she did not tell them where he was hiding, they were going to come in and search her house. I am assuming that there were three of them that came as well to Mr. Mulvin’s residence…just to talk to him. He did go to the Perkins Police Station the next morning to talk to them after his bus route.

SamAdams

It was pretty obvious before that you were a "mouthpiece" for Mr. Mulvin and were getting information from him (which means what you know is merely what HE's claiming happened, not necessarily what DID happen). But now you apparently know things like he "routinely turns his phone off when he goes home and charges it in his truck overnight?" You're either Dave, Dave's wife (though why SHE'D defend him for ANYthing is beyond me), or one of his few remaining friends. Whichever, your stories are now as suspect as HIS stories (especially since they apparently ARE his stories)!

Someone previously posted a comment that we ought to allow this matter to run its legal course. Indeed. I do hope everybody remembers, though, that lying under oath is a crime!

reese

Yes, I hope that everyone remembers that.

reese

“Allegations are that Mr. Mulvin was drunk. Had Mr. Mulvin at anytime prior to the incident of the day, consumed any alcohol? Perhaps taking a shot and beer break in between farm chores?”

The date of this incident was May 21st, a school day. Mr. Mulvin never, ever drinks during the day when he has to drive a school bus, no matter if it is on the weekend because he has a field trip or during the school week when he does his regular route. If you knew Mr. Mulvin very well at all, you would know that the safety of the children that he transports is more important to him than anything else. All the bus drivers are randomly selected for drug/alcohol testing periodically and if the Perkins Police had asked them to do that, I think they could have done that.

This incident also occurred during the planting season. Every minute that he had beginning at 5:30 AM and ending at 9 PM that day when he wasn’t doing his bus route, he was out in the field planting or preparing a field to be planted. This has been a very challenging planting season for all farmers due to the weather. If they were lucky enough to get a decent weather day and the fields were dry enough to get into, they were out preparing fields for planting or they were planting. The concept of stopping for a beer in-between “farm chores” is incomprehensible at this time of year, especially with all the weather challenges they are dealing with. Your question is indicative of the thinking of what Mr. Mulvin calls “5th generation city folk”. It made me smile and conjured up visions of something a child might be doing…you know, chores.

DickTracey

Everyone in this town knows he parks his blue tractors at the Old Dutch while he cools off and then goes right back to the fields!

Everyone of the Perkins Police Department could testify that during their shift at one time or another they have seen his tractor parked at Old Dutch!

Ninety percent of these commenters have spoken of Dave's drinking, "so even us 5th generation city folk" know you can buy a six pack at the Dutch and take it out in the field to drink it while your doing " chores" !

reese

Life doesn't need to be complicated, there are ways to settle disputes without the drama of personal confrontations.”

Yes, I agree. The Mulvins and the Corsos have had a cooperative relationship in solving issues between them and working together over multiple generations until the past couple of years. For the past couple of years, and since the truck loading dock was built, the problems have been increasing. This situation is mainly due to the disrespectful/indecent behavior of the truck drivers, lines of trucks that were idling while the drivers were sleeping for as long as 8 hours at a time along the right of way next to the Mulvin property, and dust clouds created by the heavy truck traffic. The Mulvin’s have tried to address the problems by talking to the Corso’s about them. When that didn’t help, they called the Perkins Police. When that didn’t work, they called Mike Printy, Perkins Township Trustee and I was told that he said that they were not going to do anything about it because Corso’s is a long time business in Perkins Township and pays a lot of taxes. I am not going to go into any more details of the problems, because I think it would be embarrassing to Corso’s and I don’t believe that would be helpful. The EPA is very interested in the ongoing problems, however, the Mulvins would prefer to resolve this issue without further EPA involvement. The good news at this point is that since the incident that occurred on May 21st, Corso’s has taken care of all the problems that were at issue without any further conversations with the Mulvins!! And Mr. Mulvin and his mother are very appreciative. The unfortunate lesson learned, maybe, is that it takes some drama to get action sometimes. Hopefully, the lesson learned is for all parties to make a genuine effort to resolve problems before they escalate.

DickTracey

No reese, the good news is, YOU DEAR, ARE A PROSECUTORS DREAM!

What you have admitted here, is that when the Mulvins don't get their way, they report you to the EPA, and then resort to physical violence! Or what you refer to as "drama".

Keep running your mouth, honey, your helping all right.

I have copied and pasted your brilliance, it will be quite helpful to some.

reese

Look Tracey, I did not admit to anything you said here. I did not say anything about "reporting" anyone. "Drama" does not equal "violence" of any sort. I'm glad you copied and pasted. At least whomever will see my words and not your bazaar interpretation. There is help available for obsessive thinking and behavior.

DickTracey

@PTBarnum This article is very related to Perkins Schools. Perkins took a huge risk at keeping him employed after the domestic violence. A man with a history of repeated violence driving young children to school, real smart.

The only reason he resigned now, contrary to what he says, is that this was strike two and he was going to be fired. He was given a choice, retire or get fired. Why do you think Gunner refused comment?

The Answer Person

Does anyone remember that his mother used to write hateful anti-gay and anti-lesbian letters to the paper and they would print them? Gee, I guess there is a God after all. You reap what you sow.

looking around

I'm trying to stay on topic here Answer Person but really do you think dragging in their elderly mothers personal beliefs or past actions has any bearing on this? I understand she lost her husband years ago and has obviously had her hands full raising spirited young men. She still works daily at the farm market, she may well be as stubborn as her offspring but she should be left out of this issue. Shame on you for your insensitivity. I don't blame them for being unhappy about treatment of their mother in regards to questioning of her sons whereabouts with accusations of lying and personally would think less of them had they not objected.

observer

Anyone that knows Dave Mulvin cannot be a bit surprised by this story. He's been this way since high school.

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SamAdams

He lives with mommy? I thought he was married! Of course, I also thought he has (or at least had) more than one girlfriend, too. Did I miss something here? Regardless, what a great guy, eh? Talk about a kid only a mother could love (and I'm not sure she's quite right, either, at least from what's being said here).

bugsie01

This is typical for Mulvins - no surprise. Have seen this before, all the same.

xtensionofme

Stopped buying produce from their stand when I discovered everything I purchased was rotten. Just like Dave.

The Answer Person

I stopped shopping there after reading the hate letters. There are plenty of normal people out there to patronize. Don't need to give them my money.

2cents

Step 1 Dave!

It has been obvious for a long time.

crazyaide

Hahns farm in Huron...Nice ..Honest ....non violent people.

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