Joseph Kiss, Jr., chairman of the Jerusalem Township Board of Trustees, was arrested for 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 p.m. at the Kiss home at 710 Yondota Rd., Curtice, according to the Lucas County Sheriff’s report obtained by The Press.
Kiss, who was on a golf cart in the driveway of his home when officers arrived, was “very agitated and out of breath,” states the report.
Kiss told the officer that he and his family had just returned home from a vacation when he got into an argument with his wife, Jennifer, then with his 16-year-old son Joey, states the report.
“During this argument with Joey, Joseph stated that he was chasing Joey around the yard on foot to `beat his ass,’ but couldn’t catch him. Joseph then got onto his golf cart and was chasing Joey around the yard. Joseph stated in front of me,” states the officer in the report, “that he was upset that he couldn’t catch him and that when I left he was going to ‘beat his ass’ because he has it coming.”
The report states that the officer questioned Jennifer about the altercation at the home. Jennifer stated that she and Joseph had and argument and Joseph left the home for “a bit.”
“She stated that after they got home from vacation, she was putting things away and cleaning the kitchen, which upset Joseph. An argument started and Joseph left the house for a bit. Jennifer then got into her hot tub by the time Joseph returned. Another argument started,” states the report. 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,” states the report. “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. This is when Joseph started to chase Joey through the yard on foot, then the golf cart. Joseph at one point picked up a rock to throw it at Joey, but did not. Joey did think his father was going to throw the rock and started to plead with his father to stop. Joseph admitted to me that he did pick the rock up but did not throw it at him. When Joey was asked what had happened, he confirmed his mother’s story.”
Kiss was then taken into custody for domestic violence and booked into the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office without incident, states 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.
When reached for comment, Kiss said he was unable to comment on the advice of his lawyer.
Reached by phone, Cottrell said his policy is to not comment on ongoing court cases.
Kiss was elected to the board in 2007 and re-elected to a four year term last November.
A 1984 graduate of Clay High School, he owns the Maumee Bay General Store, Joe’s Pizza & Kitchen as well as a Subway franchise.
He has been active in the Jerusalem Township Recreation Department as a coach. He has also served as the football coach at Eisenhower Middle School.
Kiss was scheduled to appear back in court on Monday, July 30.