Four City Employees arrested
ABC News did a story about this event tonight:
Names are out there, but details of the charges aren’t
Still waiting or more details on the apparently drug-related charges against three Hoboken employees. We can confirm they the Fire Department Battalion Chief is Henry Setkiewicz, the Police Officer is Ralph Gallo, and Parking Utility officer is Monica Thorpe. The three are among anywhere between 15 and 20 people arrested following a sweep by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office. Suspended Jersey City policeman and former International Boxing Federation lightweight boxing champion Mark Medal has also been picked up and charged.
In the meantime, the city has put out another statement:
City of Hoboken, October 7, 2009 – “Late this afternoon, the City of Hoboken received the official notice of charges on the two remaining municipal employees who were arrested yesterday by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. Based on the information obtained, the two individuals in question are being suspended without pay pending disposition of the criminal charges.
The third municipal employee arrested by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office was suspended yesterday. In reaction to today’s events, Acting Mayor Zimmer stated: “As I stated yesterday, any criminal conduct by municipal employees is completely unacceptable. Law enforcement has the complete cooperation of the City of Hoboken regarding this matter.” We will continue to provide further updates as events warrant.”
Zimmer has changed her language a bit since yesterday, when she said, “I have ordered all City officials to cooperate with law enforcement in any way required.” That line led to this response from a city employee, who took offense to it:
“I’m offended by the insulting tone the Acting Mayor is taking with law abiding city employees. She “orders” me to cooperate with law enforcement? First of all, I don’t need her to tell me I should cooperate with law enforcement. I understand my responsibilities as a citizen. Second, where does she get off “ordering” me to do anything? She is welcome to encourage me, urge me, hell, she can even direct me, but she can’t ORDER me. You’re the Acting Mayor Ms. Zimmer, not the Acting Dictator.”(Name withheld for fear of retribution)
So, what do you make of all this? Story will be updated as concrete details emerge.
3 arrested in mystery sting, another for DUI
The rumor mill was buzzing yesterday with talk about Hoboken Police, Fire, and Parking Utility officers arrested for various alleged wrongdoing. Names and crime descriptions were flying around and I wasn’t about to put incorrect information up in a rush to be first on the story. Here’s what we know right now. First, there were two different investigations resulting in two completely separate sets of arrests. The first was a traffic stop that led to the arrest of a Hoboken Police Officer.
Officer Kris Wehrhahn faces DUI charge
At about 1:00am yesterday morning, Hoboken Police pulled a vehicle over for allegedly “traveling at a high rate of speed” on Washington Street between 2nd and 3rd. Police say the driver was 12-year veteran Officer Kris Wehrhahn, who was charged with Driving Under the Influence and refusing a Breathalyzer test, as well as suspended from the force with pay (in accordance with the PBA contract). Wehrhahn is the son of HPD Lieutenant Walter Wehrhahn, who has been on the force for 35 and a half years.
A completely separate (and even more bizarre) story:
One Hoboken Police Officer, a Fire Battalion Chief and a Parking Utility employee have been rounded up by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office for as-yet undisclosed alleged crimes. One report indicates a suspended Jersey City police officer has also been charged in the same operation. No official word on who’s been arrested and why, but if some of the rumors I’m hearing are true, this should be a doozy once the news officially breaks.
On word of the arrests, the city sent out the following statement:
“Three Hoboken municipal employees were arrested earlier today by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The City is currently in the process of obtaining all of the documents relating to the arrests. Based on the information already obtained, one individual is being suspended without pay pending disposition of the criminal charges. The City will take appropriate action regarding the other complaints when it receives official notice of the charges.
In reaction to today’s events, Acting Mayor Zimmer stated: “Any criminal conduct by municipal employees is completely unacceptable and I take this matter extraordinarily seriously. I have ordered all City officials to cooperate with law enforcement in any way required.” We will provide further updates as events warrant.”
So, what do you make of all this? We’ll update the story as concrete details emerge.