A view from a prosecutor

An open letter to the public from Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Mulligan

Crime is frightening, worrisome, and terrible, but it is also the source of great interest to the public. A quick county of the number of “true crime” programs on television illustrates just how much interest people have in crime and its effects on society. Indeed, the criminal act, the criminal, the lawyers, law enforcement, and the justice process can all combine to make fascinating news. So, it is unfortunate for those hungry for news that the requirements of justice and due process at times interfere with all-encompassing reporting. This interference is the result of certain ethical constraints that require prosecutors to not disclose facts about pending cases.

But even more unfortunate is that, when these facts are not supplied, some will assume things about cases that are simply not true. The result can be a news story that is more sensational than newsworthy.


Volunteers and supporters of Ottawa County CASA honored

On August 23, a gathering of CASA volunteers and supporters was held at the home of Wade and Linda O’Brian.   Robyn Sautter, Board President welcomed and thanked the volunteers for their dedication to more than 80 children in Ottawa County served through the Juvenile Court system over the last year.  Judge Kathleen Giesler also spoke to the volunteers reminding them that they are the “voice” of the child in the courtroom and how their insight is invaluable in making decisions for these most vulnerable children.

Several awards were given: The Rising Star Award given to a CASA volunteer with under two years of service that shows exceptional strength in professionalism and responsibility was given to Jim Olsen.  The Volunteer of the Year Award given to someone serving more than two years with exceptional strength and character was awarded to Jennie Dornbusch, who logged in excess of 8500 miles and 420 hours of volunteer time on behalf of children desperately in need.  The Jennie R. Dornbusch Beacon of Light award is given to those individuals that contribute their time and resources to advance the CASA program in Ottawa County.  Award recipients were: Lori Clune, Ann Duez and Gary and Rosalyn Barnhill.

CASA volunteers work with children involved in the Court system for abuse, neglect and dependency.  Volunteers are always needed, for more information, please contact Connie Cornett at 419-301-0225.


Peace Pole dedication September 21

First United Church of Christ in Marblehead will dedicate a Peace Pole on Sunday, September 21, to celebrate the International Day of Peace. The congregation invites the community to join them for the 10:30 a.m. worship service or arrive at 11:15 a.m. for the dedication.

There are currently over 200,000 Peace Poles planted in 180 countries around the world proclaiming the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” To learn more about the Peace Pole Project go to

For more information about the dedication contact Reverend Kay Cox at 419-798-4612 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rhonda Sowers at 419-798-0490 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First United Church of Christ is located at 802 Prairie Street, Marblehead, Ohio.


The Marblehead Bank announces new board member

The Marblehead Bank is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to their Board of Directors. Tyler L. Brown, of Marblehead, has accepted the role of board member for The Marblehead Bank. “As one of the owners of Browns Dairy, Tyler has a strong business background with a small community perspective,” said William Tuttamore, President of the Marblehead Bank.

Joining a six member board comprise of business leaders, community citizens and shareholders, Tyler brings a broad knowledge of finance and a sharp focus on local issues.

Mr. Brown replaces longtime board member Donald P. Greene, who has retired from the board. “I wish to thank Don for his many years of dedicated service to the board and know that his retirement from the board creates new opportunities to be with his family,” said William Tuttamore. Mr. Brown will also serve as a Director for the bank’s holding company, Marblehead Bancorp.

“The Marblehead Bank is stronger than ever and we have just completed our 107th anniversary. Adding Tyler Brown to this committed Board of Directors enables us to position the bank for the next steps in our successful history,” said Thomas Lane, Chairman of The Marblehead Bank Board of Directors.


Edgewood Manor Health and Rehab Center to host The ABC’s of Joint Replacement

Edgewood Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a Joint Replacement Class on September 22 at 6 p.m.  The class will be held at Edgewood Manor, 1330 S. Fulton Street, Port Clinton. 

The class will contain a wide variety of information pertaining to Joint Replacement Procedures.  Topics will be useful for individuals at various stages, from those considering undergoing the joint replacement to those that have scheduled their procedure.  Michael Lopez, Rehabilitation Director, will be on hand to answer questions and concerns about the rehabilitation process.

Light refreshments will be provided.  For questions or to RSVP (By September 18th) call 419.734.5506.


A night of humor, music and fun is coming to the peninsula

The Danbury Laker Athletic Boosters are hosting Main Street Dueling Pianos at St. Mary Social Hall on Saturday, November 1. The Main Street website touts the show as an addictive experience where the musical team performs an all-request show with a healthy dose of comedy thrown in to entertain. Members of audience submit requests and donations to hear their favorite song or a donation to end a song that’s not a favorite. This becomes a real tug of war amongst the audience. There will also be sideboards, bingo and 50/50 raffles throughout the night.

Ticket price is $25, which includes a delicious BBQ buffet prepared by Mesenberg Creative Catering, draft beer, soda and water. Purchase ten tickets at once to reserve a table. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the entertainment begins at 7 p.m.

For tickets or information, contact Bill Chapman at 419-573-2214, Crystal Chapman at 419-656-9005 or Drew Davie at 419-798-4037 or request by email at


Black wins second career MJMA title

Port Clinton graduate and current sophomore at Davenport University Sean Black continued his recent streak of good bowling this past weekend at the 27th Annual MJMA Jackson Classic by winning his second career MJMA title.  

Black qualified 8th after Saturday with games of 169-172-203-242-177-190-236-179.  Black came back on Sunday with games of 220-211-215-177-201-231-165-214-207-206-175-199 and a 8-4 match play record and jumping to the first place seed.  Black met Ryan Winters of Livonia, MI, and came away the victor 183-173.  This was Black's second consecutive MJMA where he advanced to the championship match and 3rd out of the last 4, where he is 2-1 in title matches.


Best of the Best awards ceremony almost sold out!

As of this morning we had to get 50 more tickets to our awards ceremony printed to accommodate demand for those who were nominated! If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, please call The Beacon office at 419-732-2154 or ensure your place at the awards ceremony if you haven’t already.


See you on Thursday, September 18!

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