Hamburg supt. appears in court over alleged false report

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HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The embattled Hamburg superintendent pleaded not guilty when he appeared before a judge Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Richard Jetter is facing misdemeanor charges of falsely reporting that vandals damaged his car. Police say Jetter admitted he hit a telephone pole the night before. Prosecutors say they’ll look at a plea deal if it’s done by September 8.

Jetter’s lawyer says he still cares about the district and its students.

Defense attorney Terry Connors said, “He wants to do what’s best for his mental and physical health. He cares very much about the district and students, a decision to factor in down the road.”

The superintendent could be facing more charges. He is reportedly being investigated by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office because after his car was damaged, he had the school reimburse him for his insurance deductible.

Jetter is on paid administrative leave. The board has called on him to resign and made Dr. Vincent Coppola acting superintendent.

Jetter is due back in court on October 1.

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