FIRST ON 3: Krause’s Wilmington DWIs not his first

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Submitted: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 3:22am
Updated: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 2:08pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — We already knew the DWI charge that cost Wilmington Housing Authority CEO Michael Krause his job this week was not his first. Now it appears it was not his second or apparently even his third, according to an Ohio newspaper.

The Vindicator in Youngstown, OH, reports Krause was charged with DWI in August 2000 when he worked in Youngstown.

Court records from Columbiana County, OH, show a complaint for DWI Breath 1st Offense was filed against Michael J. Krause on Aug. 16, 2000. According to the records, Krause appeared in court that Wednesday morning without an attorney, waived his right to counsel and a jury trial and pleaded no content to an amended charge of “2nd offense.” Krause was found guilty and sentenced to 180 days in jail with 160 days suspended pending three years probation, including counseling at an alcohol and drug rehab clinic. He later paid a $500 fine plus $58.50 in court costs.

The Vindicator reports Krause was an assistant Columbiana County prosecutor and an assistant Youngstown prosecutor before becoming director of human resources and deputy director at Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Wilmington Police arrested Krause last Sunday after another driver called 911 to report a SUV driving erratically on Oleander Drive. A dispatch log shows Krause blew a .35 blood alcohol content at his home on Windemere Road followed by two more breath tests that registered .31. He is due back in court Nov. 26 to face charges of DWI and no operators license.

The WHA Board voted to fire Krause Thursday.

In 2009 WPD charged Krause with DWI after he blew .23. He later pleaded guilty, paid a fine and performed community service.

Another Ohio newspaper reports that in January 2011, Krause pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct in Hancock County, WV. The paper’s website says Krause was fined $100 and court costs, while a judge granted the prosecutor’s motion to dismiss a charge of public intoxication.

Krause has not returned phone messages from WWAY this week for comment. No one answered the door at his house when we went by earlier this week.


  • Malissa Talbert says:

    This is City of Wilmington Communications Manager Malissa Talbert. To clarify, the Housing Authority is not part of the City of Wilm gov’t organization, it operates separately. The city is not involved in the hiring of WHA personnel. In addition, the city does conduct background checks of department directors.

  • tke1 says:

    You can see the City of Wilmington really does an intensive background check on its potential department heads. Some bright, ambitious reporter should do a little investigation and reporting on who did the background check and who was the political “pusher” who landed this job for Krause.

  • NASGI says:

    Maybe some young reporter that wants to make a name for themselves should check the records on all the city department heads and see what else has been overlooked. May be wrong but it seems something similar has happened before around here.

  • taxpayer says:

    can be traced straight to the Mayor’s office.

  • Guest11221 says:

    Hey dumb a%%!! He was employed by the Wilmington Housing Authority, not the City of Wilmington. You really need to stop, check your facts, think it out, think it out again, then maybe you post a message.

  • Guest123456 says:

    He didn’t work for the city. He was head of the Housing Authority – not a city department. They have their own board.

  • Guest33322 says:

    It should be a good idea to check all employees of the housing authority and don’t forget the Board of Commissioners too. It probably will be interesting to learn about all of the favors and special consideration giving to local housing agency, real estate agents, friends and others. who knows you might just find something interesting. BTW, is everyone qualified to do their job there or has there been special considerations during hiring too.

  • Guest1216 says:

    You may be right, but I would not put anything past this drunken slime ball, who is also an attorney. Anything is possible when you are a lawyer, and you have sufficient funds.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    This sorry S.O.B should be charged with attempted murder.

  • justin says:

    Excuse me, but aren’t state and federal agencies REQUIRED to do criminal background checks on prospective employees before hiring them? Something stinks…

  • Guest1216 says:

    How does Michael Krause get arrested for DWI in 2009 by Wilmington Police, plead guilty to Driving While Impaired in 2010, pay a $100 fine and do 24 hours community service, lose his driver’s license for one year, BUT….There is no criminal record showing for Michael Krause on the NC Inmate Search website?? Anyone who is convicted of DWI in North Carolina will show up on the inmate search page. I believe the first DWI was erased from this scum bag’s record. Who authorized it, and who did it? Also, how did Krause get hired in WHA after doing jail time and being convicted in Ohio? Krause must be one heck of a “good ol’ boy”.

  • Guest72 says:

    Believe me when I say that I have no sympathy for this guy, but your assertion is incorrect. Everyone who is convicted of DWI in North Carolina DOES NOT automatically show up on the “inmate search” website. Only those offenders who end up in prison or on supervised probation will be reported. More than likely, he was given unsupervised probation for his 2010 conviction. And I’ve never heard of a DWI conviction being erased from someone’s record. Just a little FYI…

  • Guest1216 says:

    This drunk was a former Ohio procecutor. I wonder how many other drunks he put behind bars. It’s too bad, Krause gives new meaning to hating lawyers.

  • Guest33333 says:

    Even more interesting is what was going on At the WHA.Perhaps you should dwell more into that. Why are WHA employees live in public housing WITH their boyfriend, other adults and not reporting income. Or when the selection department conveniently selects their children, relatives and other WHA for subsidized housing. maybe you should run a criminal background check on the remaining Employees or look into what gang activity criminal activity or drug activity has taken place in the homes of Wilmington Housing Authority employeeS.

  • Guest1216 says:

    Drunken Krause was also receiving a $500 per month car allowance from the WHA, when he hasn’t had a driver’s license for years. That’s like giving a blind man an allowance for eye glasses. And the Wilmington Housing Authority Board of Directors approved all of this.

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    You tell ‘em…Krause!

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