The domestic violence case against Joseph Kiss, Jr., chairman of the Jerusalem Township board of trustees, was terminated on “Call of the Prosecutor” (COP) on Monday, October 1, in Oregon Municipal Court.
Kiss was arrested for alleged domestic violence on Friday, July 13, by the Lucas County Sheriff’s Department.
An officer responded to a call of a domestic dispute at 9:39 pm. at the Kiss home at 710 Yondota Rd., Curtice, according to the Lucas County Sheriff’s report obtained by The Press.
Kiss had an argument with his wife Jennifer and his 16-year-old son, Joey, according to the police.
In the police report, Jennifer stated she and Joseph had returned home from a vacation when an argument began. Joseph left the home and Jennifer proceeded to get into a hot tub. Upon Joseph’s return, another argument began.
“While Jennifer was still in the hot tub, Kiss started to throw patio furniture into the hot tub, hitting Jennifer in the right upper chest,” according to the report. “Joey then came out to help his mother and started to take the patio furniture out of the hot tub as Joseph was throwing them back in. Jennifer was still in the hot tub at this time. As Joey pulled out a chair, Joseph grabbed onto it, a struggle started, and Joseph fell to the ground.”
According to the report, Joseph started to chase Joey through the yard on foot, then a golf cart.
When officers arrived, Joseph admitted to the altercation with his son, telling officers that “he was upset that he couldn’t catch him and that when police left, he was going to ‘beat his ass’ because he has it coming,” the report stated.
Kiss was then taken into custody for domestic violence and booked into the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office without incident, stated the report.
Kiss appeared in Oregon Municipal Court on Monday, July 16, and, through his attorney Ernest Cottrell, entered a plea of not guilty. He was released by Municipal Court Judge Jeff Keller on an Own Recognizance bond and was ordered to surrender all weapons to the sheriff’s office. Kiss was also given a “no contact” order which was later vacated on July 18.
The case has been scheduled for the COP on Thursday, Feb 14, 2013, in municipal court.
According to a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office, COP means the case has been continued until February 14. If, up until that time, Kiss is not involved in further incidents, the case will be dismissed, according to the prosecutor’s office.
COP is often used in the municipal court.
Cottrell said the case is technically dismissed, with no further court appearances required.
“The case was dismissed at the request of the prosecuting attorney and the complaining witness,” Cottrell said. “It is important to realize that this is the process most of these cases go through. Under similar facts and circumstances, these cases go through the COP process.”
Kiss declined to comment for this article.