NORDONIA HILLS, OH (WOIO) - The Nordonia Hills School Board reports the resignation of their school board president, Steve Bittel. Bittel was in a Stow Municipal Court on September 8 to face multiple charges related to a stand off with Sagamore Hills Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children, during a investigation for child pornography.
On Friday, September 12, the school board released this statement on their website:
"On Friday, September 12 we received Steve Bittel's resignation from the Nordonia Hills City Schools Board of Education effective September 10, 2014. The Board now will begin the process of appointing a board member to fulfill Mr. Bittel's term, which expires December 31, 2015. The Board is required by law to make the appointment within 30 days, but no sooner than 10 days. Board Vice-President James E. Virost has succeeded Mr. Bittel and is now President of the Board. The Nordonia Schools will continue to provide an outstanding education to its nearly 3,800 students. We thank the community for its support."
Bittel's resignation comes just one week after a stand off with police ended in his arrest.
On September 5, while Sagamore Hills Police and the Internet Crimes Against Children agents were conducting a search of Bittel's home, he grabbed his loaded gun and locked himself in his restroom.
Monday's charges say he threatened several officers telling them 'I am going to shoot you, or blow your head off', all while holding a loaded .45 caliber revolver which he had already discharged.
The threat resulted in three aggravated assault charges.
The charge carries mandatory prison time with conviction.
Other charges include inducing panic and one for firing his weapon out a bathroom window.
No word yet on who will replace Bittel.