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Wall taken off City of Linton's payroll

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Linton Firefighter Kent "Opie" Wall has been taken off the City of Linton's payroll.

Mayor John Wilkes asked the city's Board of Public Works to make the decision when they met Monday evening prior to the regular monthly meeting of the city council.

"The only thing on the agenda tonight is Opie Wall, whether to leave him on or take him off the payroll," said Wilkes.

Wilkes, who serves on the board with Tony Richards and George Skeel, said he recommended taking Wall off.

All three voted in favor of removing Wall from the payroll, effective immediately.

Wall is facing a felony charge and he's one of two city employees who have been placed on leave with pay in the past few months, after they were charged with criminal counts in two unrelated incidents.

Skeel asked about city policy.

Wilkes said in the future, he would be in favor of leave without pay if a similar situation were to arise.

City Attorney John Rowe said he recommends getting the policy in writing.

The board placed Wall on paid administrative leave Aug. 13.

Wall, 50, faces a class D felony charge of intimidation of a law enforcement office as well as a separate class A misdemeanor intimidation count.

Those charges stem from a July 9 incident on the Greene-Sullivan State Forest's Richard Lake where Conservation Officer Michael Gregg allegedly was confronted by Wall after investigating reports of a 13-year-old boy trespassing on a personal watercraft the boy was allegedly operating dangerously.

Gregg, while investigating, reportedly determined while Wall owned part of the lake, other sections were owned by the state and Alvin and Doris Clark.

Spotting the teen, who was reportedly weaving the PWC among the islands less than 50 feet from shore at high rates of speed, Gregg cited the teen's father.

"He was also allowed to operate without a driver's license, boater education card or direct adult supervision," per the probable cause report.

The boy's father, Brett Kramer, was cited for permitting unlawful operation of the watercraft.

The conservation officer also reportedly informed Wall and Kramer they could only operate on the part of the lake Wall owns.

When Gregg went to the Clark's home, Kramer followed, riding his watercraft onto the property.

Gregg, accompanied by Linton Police Officer Chad Crynes, then arrested Kramer for criminal trespass.

"At that time Kent Wall threatened bodily harm to the Clark family and myself," Gregg wrote, contending Wall told the conservation officer he needed to leave the property and not return without a warrant.

Crynes reportedly recorded the incident.

Wall remains free on bond, though a no contact order has been issued against him regarding Alvin Clark.

According to court records, Wall is represented by Attorney Joseph Lozano of Shapiro & Lozano of Bloomington. His case has been continued and a pretrial conference is currently scheduled at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 in Greene Superior Court.


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IT'S ABOUT TIME

-- Posted by cruella on Tue, Dec 11, 2012, at 7:15 PM

THETRUTH2012,

How do you know this is why his attorney asked for continuances?

-- Posted by 0123 on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 1:41 PM

Why would you try to imitate a C.O.? Where is the respect for a C.O.?

-- Posted by Greene County 47 on Thu, Dec 13, 2012, at 4:25 PM

why do we need more police?or another drug dog?

-- Posted by willam* on Tue, Dec 18, 2012, at 10:33 AM


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