“It is not this board’s responsibility to address or reprimand personal actions made by any of its members,” Trustee Chad Parsons told residents at Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting. “We understand elected officials are held to a higher standard, and we strive to meet our public’s expectations not only in our actions as a board, but also in our daily and personal actions.”
It will be up to the voters to decide whether Newsome wins re-election again, they say. Newsome, it should be noted, is currently running un-opposed.
Update: The Newsomes, it seems, are magnets for trouble. But it's totally not their fault, you see.
Besides the recent disorderly conduct incident described below, the Sheffield Township power couple reached an agreement in an ethics case involving a summer job for their daughter with the Sheffield schools. Melissa Newsome is a school board member; David is a Sheffield Township trustee.
According to the signed agreement, the Newsomes will repay $8,581 to avoid prosecution. "It was an honest mistake," David Newsome told the paper regarding his daughter landing a job in which he was her supervisor. “Although not admitting guilt, they do acknowledge that the facts demonstrate violations of the Ethics Law,” the agreement said, according to the CT. The sum is equal to what the daughter earned from 2005-2007.
Just one honest mistake. Well, actually, a couple.
The agreement also noted that Melissa shouldn't have voted on a cell phone policy that allowed her husband to be reimbursed was an ethics violation.
Oh, there's more. It also said, "Melissa Newsome also violated state ethics laws when she voted in 2007 to make changes to the district’s health plan while she was receiving benefits through her husband’s enrollment in the plan."
Just a couple of honest mistakes. Maybe a few. But that's it. Just those. Other than that, the Newsomes are totally above-board. Pinky swear.
If Sheffield Township has a power couple, it's David and Melissa Newsome. He's a township trustee and she's a school board member. That coupled political clout is rarely seen in the small town. It's like Bill and Hillary. Or Brad and Angelina. But there's scandal brewing here.
Deputies were dispatched to the Newsome's residence Sunday afternoon for a noise violation. Simple stuff, really. "Sorry, pal, that music is a bit too loud and we've had complaints." "Oh, sorry about that officer, let me remedy the situation." That's the only conversation that should have taken place. But it didn't, mainly because David was allegedly a little intoxicated and Melissa doesn't like her neighbor complaining about them. Let us explain.
When deputies told the couple an anonymous complaint had been received, Melissa responded that she knew it was "the lesbian across the street." Nice. There you go, Sheffield, that's your school board member. Imagine what she's saying about your kids.
Anyway, as Melissa was talking to the deputies, David walked over to see what all the fuss was about. After learning there was a noise complaint, he told them he was a trustee and knew there was no noise ordinance in Sheffield Township. Deputies, according to the report, told him that while that was true, they could cite him for disorderly conduct. David responded by informing them he would turn the music up louder. This, it seems, was not going to end well.
Deputies left the house around 4:45 and no less than 30 minutes later heard just what David Newsome wanted them to hear: he had, in fact, turned up his music louder. And there was yet another noise complaint.
Back at the Newsomes for the second time, deputies noted that David appeared "extremely intoxicated and was very argumentative." I am a trustee dammit. Do you know who I am?
At this point, Newsome's wife and other guests pleaded for him to stop talking to the deputies and simply remedy the situation. He did not do that, according to the Morning Journal.
Newsome said he and another trustee were “instrumental in facilitating a contract” between Sheffield Township and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office which to fund a deputy to patrol the Township for a set number of hours, the report stated.
Deputies told Melissa Newsome they would be cited for disorderly conduct if the noise continued.
Newsome “demanded” the complainant information in reference to the call, and was told he could get it from the sheriff’s office, the report stated. Newsome told deputies to bring it to the next time they came.
Newsome was in fact cited for disorderly conduct, which seemed to be his intention all along.