Township Officials Violate Sunshine Laws During Happenstance Meeting At Toys R Us
P E R K I N S -- What promised to be an uneventful Christmas shopping trip to a Perkins Township toy store turned into a little more than three public officials bargained for.
Perkins Township Trustees Tim Coleman, Jeff Ferrell, and Mike Printy all are facing pointed questions after a chance meeting at Toys R Us caused them to directly break Ohio Sunshine Laws. "What they did was clearly illegal," said David Marburger, an expert on open records laws. "They should not engage in such activity because it raises questions about their intent."
"Coleman may have been most at fault," Marburger said. "The trio was actually not in violation until he decided to enter the store after seeing Ferrell's and Printy's vehicles in the parking lot."
Printy claims to have been at the store to pick up the newest copy of Call Of Duty for his Wii game console but Sunshine law experts claim that he should have waited in the parking lot until Coleman and Ferrell safely exited the store.
When asked to identify what toy Ferrell was looking for he replied, "What do you want me to tell you? Which toys my kids like playing with? Get a life, will ya?"
Printy's activities inside the store are still unkown, although an anonymous source has indicated he may have been perusing doll houses for his grandaughter. The incident is still under investigation.
Reporter Discovers Township Cookie Jar Violation
P E R K I N S -- What promised to be an uneventful Perkins Township Trustee meeting evolved into a harrowing discovery for a local reporter last Tuesday.
Sandusky Register reporter Andy Ouriel discovered a cookie jar molestation upon arriving for a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
As Ouriel descended the steps to the basement of the Township building he slowed to a halt as he heard faint whispers and the ravenous sounds of a good ole fashioned cookie feast.
"As I got closer to the door I heard Mr. Ferrell clearly state that he wanted Coleman to hand him more chocolate chip [cookies] instead of the gingerbread [cookies]," Ouriel stated. "I threw open the door, and there they were -- all three of the trustees with their hands in the Perkins Township cookie jar staring at me with that wide-eyed deer-in-the-headlights look," Ouriel said.
Perkins fiscal officer Diane Schaefer was the first to defend their actions. "There is absolutely no proof of them eating from the cookie jar besides the crumb-covered counter which can be cleaned up before anyone else notices," Schaefer said. "It's Ouriel's word against ours, and frankly, who are you going to believe?" Schaefer asked.
When asked for comment, Trustee Printy shook his head, as he finished chewing, quickly wiping the crumbs from the corners of his mouth. "I don't know what to say. With this [township relocation] happening and Christmas right around the corner, the cookie jar sometimes gets the best of us."
The incident remains under investigation.