Bat­tal­ion chief faces as­sault count

Dis­pute al­legedly arose over boots at a uni­form store

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Shay

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.

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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


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