Mayor’s stepson in custody

NILES – Two detectives are traveling to Columbus this morning to return Mayor Ralph Infante’s stepson here to face a misdemeanor charge of telecommunications harassment.

Capt. Ken Criswell, chief of Niles detectives, said 38-year-old Edward Kapturasky Jr. turned himself in at the federal courthouse in Columbus on Thursday morning.

”It sounds like Mr. Kapturasky was made aware of the fact that U.S. Marshals were looking for him in the Columbus area, so they made arrangements for him to meet them at the courthouse,” Criswell said.

Kapturasky was being held in Franklin County Jail pending a 10 a.m. proceeding in court there before being returned here.

Kapturasky was charged last Friday in Niles Municipal Court with threatening his sister and other family members. According to court records, Michelle Sudzina, Kapturasky’s sister and the mayor’s stepdaughter, filed the complaint through Municipal Court Prosecutor Terry Swauger.

The alleged threat and subsequent charge led to a Niles police officer being posted outside Infante’s office in City Hall and a cruiser with an officer outside Infante’s home in Niles last weekend.

Swauger said Sudzina, who also lives in Niles, brought him a lengthy telephone text message that detailed the threats.

”She was clearly afraid of these threats and threats that were made to family members. We’re unsure whether her brother was even in this area or not,” Swauger said.

Niles Police Chief Robert Hinton said that he was informed of the threat on Friday, and that the department acted quickly to ensure Infante’s safety.

“We took this threat very seriously,” Hinton said. “This individual has a history of domestic violence, and has served time in jail, so we treated this seriously.”

Kapturasky has a listed address in Hillard and a former address in Columbus, but has a history of trouble in Trumbull County, where he grew up, including convictions for domestic violence and resisting arrest last June.

In 2007, Kapturasky had his pharmacy license revoked by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy after he admitted to stealing approximately 20 tablets of Xanax from his employer, Drug Store Clinic Pharmacy, to support an addiction to crystal methamphetamines, according to the board’s website.