Mayor of Lake Erie island village denies wrongdoing

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — The mayor of an Ohio island is denying wrongdoing following an investigation of the village hall.

Bernard McCann, mayor of Put-in-Bay in Lake Erie, said through a lawyer Friday that he awaits the truth.

Attorney Amanda Andrews said in a statement reported by The Blade that McCann and a business partner have made Put-in-Bay the tourist capital of Ohio while providing jobs for residents and tax income for the county.

Investigators on Thursday searched the police department, village hall and several other addresses on the island.

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The state Attorney General’s office said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Ohio Ethics Commission were conducting a joint investigation.

Other addresses that were searched included a hotel, a lawyer’s office and an express ferry business. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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