Police: Former Bedford law director charged with DUI

SOLON, Ohio -- Twinsburg Police confirm that former Bedford Law Director Kenneth A. Schuman was arrested and charged with allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol just before 3 a.m. Tuesday in Twinsburg.

He was also charged with driving in a weaving course and failure to maintain lanes of travel.

He was booked into the Solon City Jail just after 4 a.m. and released a few hours later on $500, bond.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Stow Municipal Court.

Twinsburg Police say Schuman was driving a 2013 silver Chevy Impala when he was arrested. Police say they received a 911 call and police pulled him over. He failed the field sobriety tests, refused a Breathalyzer test and was arrested.

He didn't answer when we knocked on his door, but Schuman, 42, of Bedford is already scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 3 by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Brian J. Corrigan on a Cuyahoga County corruption charge.

"It's terrible," said his neighbor Bob Belsito. "Terrible feeling you know. He needs help I guess."

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Just days before he was scheduled to go to trial Aug. 6 with co-defendant Bedford Municipal Court Judge Harry Jacob III, Schuman pleaded guilty to having an unlawful interest in a public contract, a fourth-degree felony. His attorney James McDonnell tells WKYC that Schuman will also pay a fine.

The charge to which Schuman pleaded involved a contract for bond work that he awarded in his official capacity in 2006 to the Cleveland law firm of Vorys, Sater Seymour & Pease. After it was paid by the city, the law firm paid Schuman $9,500.

Schuman was also charged with bribery, soliciting or receiving improper compensation, money laundering, theft in office, obstructing justice, falsification and soliciting.

Why did Schuman plead guilty?

"He thought it was appropriate," McDonnell said.

Schuman was arrested as part of a six-month investigation by Bedford Police into the Walsh Professional Center where a brothel was suspected of operating.

He was indicted Dec. 19 and resigned from his city position in a letter dated April 27.

"I think people abuse their position," said Belsito. "Sometimes we take things for granted."

Neighbors hearing about the latest charges Tuesday, want to see things turn around for Schuman.

"We are all human," said neighbor Brenda Hill. "This could happen to anybody."

Kenny you can do better," said Belsito. "We are disappointed with the way you did the city. Personally you could do better if you need help all you have to do is call somebody."

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Jacob has already been tried and is awaiting his verdict from Corrigan. Jacob was charged with fixing municipal court cases for prostitutes, having sex with prostitutes and promoting prostitution.

James Walsh, 71, the owner of the building and operator of the Studio 54 massage parlor, was indicted on charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering. He is awaiting trial.

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