HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – Top school officials tell News 4 that the Hamburg schools superintendent admitted to police that he lied about alleged vandalism to his car.
According to News 4 sources, Dr. Richard Jetter walked into Village of Hamburg Police on Monday and admitted lying about a report he made in May of someone damaging his car and leaving a threatening note on his windshield.
He told media outlets that same week that someone had egged his rental truck.
According to sources, Jetter admitted that the damage to his vehicle came from a crash with a telephone pole the night before. A witness has reportedly come forward and identified Jetter in that crash and News 4 has learned the school attorney knew in advance about this witness but did not inform the Hamburg School Board.
Wednesday, the board met in executive session and voted unanimously to put Jetter on paid administrative leave and make Colleen Kaney the acting superintendent. Sources tell News 4 that Jetter has checked into BryLin Hospital to be treated for depression.
All of this is unfolding as the board continues to try to oust member Catherine Schrauth Forcucci. School staff along with Jetter have testified about alleged bizarre incidents, including a time when Forcucci spoke in a “spooky” voice like Jack Nicholsan’s character in “The Shining.”
An incident also took place during executive session. Forcucci says she was taking notes and the lawyer for the district told her she couldn’t. Forcucci says the lawyer grabbed then her notes.
The police were called and no arrests were made. The lawyer declined to comment on the matter.