Search warrants were executed Thursday in Ottawa County at seven locations, including the law offices of Wilber and Wilber in Port Clinton.(Photo: Jon Stinchcomb/News Herald)Buy Photo
Editor’s Note: There was no shortage of notable news in Ottawa County this year. As 2017 comes to a close, the News Herald is reviewing the Top 10 stories of the year, counting down to the No. 1 story on Saturday.
PORT CLINTON – A new investigation of Put-in-Bay officials and local community responses to medical marijuana were among some of the most noteworthy stories of the year.
Here is the third in a series of stories looking back at the biggest news events in Ottawa County in 2017.
3. Ohio Ethics Commission investigates Put-in-Bay
An investigation into financial complaints made against the Village of Put-in-Bay came to a head in September when authorities raided several locations in Put-in-Bay and Port Clinton.
Among the sites searched included the village government office, police department, the Jet Express office, the offices of attorney George Wilber’s private practice and others.
The search warrants, which were sealed, were executed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Ohio Ethics Commission, according to a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine on Sept. 7.
According to an Ohio Attorney General spokesman, as part of the investigation, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation — the investigatory wing of the attorney general’s office — began working with the Ohio Ethics Commission in June after Ottawa County Prosecutor James VanEerten notified them of a several-hundred-page complaint from Put-in-Bay resident Keith Blumensaadt alleging financial wrongdoing by the Village of Put-in-Bay.
Search warrants were executed Thursday in Ottawa County at seven locations, including the