New Haven bat­tal­ion chief ar­rested

Hartford Courant - - Connecticut -

charged with third- de­gree as­sault and dis­or­derly con­duct. Fire

Chief John

Al­ston placed him on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave as soon as he learned of the al­le­ga­tions, po­lice said.

Ac­cord­ing to the war­rant for Wadley’s ar­rest, the as­sault hap­pened about 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Horwitz Uni­forms, 375 Mor­gan Lane in West Haven, when Wadley was off-duty. He had come into the store to buy fire­fighter cloth­ing; New Haven fire­fight­ers are given vouch­ers for pur­chases of shirts, pants, turtle­necks and boots.

Wadley wanted to buy boots that were not on the list of ap­proved items, and when the em­ployee told him that, he be­came up­set, the woman told po­lice. He told her to “fudge” the pur­chase or­der to make it look like he bought them through the city of New Haven, the war­rant said. The boots cost $100 to $125.

The fire of­fi­cial raised his voice, be­rated the em­ployee and asked “Why are you so hard on me?” the worker told an of­fi­cer. He also said he would steal the boots and laughed at her, ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

The woman told Wadley to fill out the rest of his or­der and he did, after which he went to her desk at the front of the store. He then bent down to the seated em­ployee and started talk­ing about the boots again, telling her he wanted her to “look the other way” so he could get the boots, the war­rant said. When she told him no again, he said, “I thought we were friends,” she told po­lice

Wadley again said he would steal the boots, after which the wom­an­said she would re­port him to the store’s owner. Wadley then grabbed her by the back of the neck with his right hand and squeezed, “shak­ing her neck from side to side say­ing, “I thought we were friends,” the war­rant said.

The woman told him to stop and he did, after which she asked an­other em­ployee to come out of her of­fice and fin­ish the pur­chase, it said.

Later, after Wadley had left, a po­lice of­fi­cer ar­rived and found the woman cry­ing, with red marks on her neck. She told the of­fi­cer that she felt a lot of pain when Wadley squeezed her neck, the war­rant said, although some of the red­ness was from stress.

When po­lice talked to Wadley, he de­nied that he ever touched the woman, the war­rant says. He ac­knowl­edged that he ques­tioned why he couldn’t make a pur­chase that was not on the list, but said he was kid­ding when he claimed he would steal the item, the war­rant says.


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