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Former Tiffin City Schools superintendent arrested again




Van McWreath (Photo courtesy Trumbull County Sheriff's Office)

Tiffin City Schools’ former superintendent Van McWreath, who was arrested in June on three counts of unlawful restraint following an alleged domestic incident, landed himself in jail again this week after violating the terms of his bond.

McWreath, 48, of Cortland, was arrested Wednesday upon allegations of violation of bond conditions. According to Trumbull County Central District Court records, McWreath admitted that he had violated the conditions of his bond following his June 16 arrest.

McWreath’s prior bond was revoked and he was released later Wednesday on a new bond of $2,500, with an additional bond condition of absolutely no contact with any of the three alleged victims. His previous bond was $750.

Tiffin City Schools was set to welcome McWreath as the district’s new superintendent in August. The Tiffin City Board of Education has since accepted McWreath’s resignation and announced a new superintendent, Dr. Michael Zalar.

“We have accepted Mr. McWreath’s resignation, effective immediately. While Mr. McWreath did have a clear background check and strong recommendations, upon learning of the recent and undisclosed allegations against him, we shared with him our intent to explore these to the fullest extent. Mr. McWreath decided to resign due to personal reasons,” the board said in a statement.

The school board agreed to settle McWreath’s superintendent contract for a sum of $52,500.

The original charges of unlawful restraint, to which McWreath has pleaded not guilty, stem from a May incident in which McWreath allegedly got into a physical altercation with his wife and two stepdaughters after drinking alcohol.

At approximately 4:26 p.m. on May 16, officers with the Cortland Police Department were dispatched to McWreath’s home on a report of an alleged physical altercation.

According to the incident report, officers were advised by dispatch that the caller stated McWreath was allegedly assaulting her mother and 14-year-old sister and left the residence in a black Jeep.

Upon arriving at the residence, officers did not locate a black Jeep in the area with McWreath behind the wheel. Officers began speaking with McWreath’s wife and stepdaughters. We are not identifying them.

The wife and one of her daughters told officers they were sitting at the table eating pizza when they heard McWreath downstairs making loud noises, according to the report.

All three females proceeded downstairs to see what was going on, and when they got there, McWreath allegedly laughed and said “you fell for it” while running upstairs and shutting and locking the basement door, according to the report.

The women attempted to open the door but told officers McWreath was allegedly sitting in front of it with his feet pushed against the wall.

Eventually, one of McWreath’s stepdaughters was able to begin breaking the door. That’s when McWreath allegedly stood up and proceeded to run out the front door, causing the women to fear he would try to get in the Jeep and drive after drinking, the report states.

According to the report, the women all tried stopping McWreath from leaving, and that’s when he allegedly proceeded back inside and pushed one of his stepdaughters, causing her to fall to the floor.

After that altercation, McWreath allegedly ran out the front door and proceeded to get into his vehicle and leave the scene. Officers did not locate McWreath following the incident.

Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Deena DeVico decided to charge McWreath with three counts of unlawful restraint, and the charges were filed with the Trumbull County Central District Court. Additional charge(s) may be pending, according to the report.

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