Battalion chief faces assault count
Dispute allegedly arose over boots at a uniform store
WEST HAVEN — A New Haven Fire Department battalion chief has been arrested in connection with an alleged assault of a Horwitz Uniform employee over a pair of boots, police said.
Herschel Wadley, 53, of New Haven, is charged with thirddegree assault and disorderly conduct. Wadley turned himself in to West Haven police Thursday.
The arrest stems from an incident at around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Horwitz Uniforms on Morgan Lane.
Members of the New Haven
Fire Department have a voucher/ clothing allotment from the city of New Haven with Horwitz Uniforms.
The worker told police that Wadley wanted to buy a pair of boots that were not on the approved vendor’s list. Wadley became increasingly upset when the worker refused to add the $125 boots to the list, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The warrant affidavit said Wadley wanted her to “fudge” the purchase order “to make it look like he purchased them through the City of New Haven.” After she refused, Wadley became more vocal and asked, “why are you so hard on me?” according to the warrant affidavit.
“Wadley became very upset and began berating (the worker),” the warrant affidavit said. “Wadley raised his voice and became very vocal after being denied the boots and at one point told the worker he would steal the boots.”
To defuse the situation, the