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Cop's wife makes plea

Published March 10. 2010 05:00PM

The wife of a Coaldale police officer wept as she described for borough council Tuesday the violent attack on her husband on March 2 by a man he had pulled over for erratic driving.

Angela Krapf said her husband, Sgt. Keith Krapf, suffered fractured ribs and an injured shoulder when he was assaulted by Ian Patrick McGregor, 25, of 110 E. High St. Krapf had pulled McGregor over after the man almost hit Krapf's police cruiser head-on. McGregor had also drawn the attention of another officer, Charles Andrew Blesse, who arrived as Krapf stopped McGregor's car.

Krapf will be out of work until at least the end of the month, she said.

Angela Krapf broke into tears as she asked council to drop any proposals to decrease the number of officers on duty at night because, she quoted someone as saying, "there's no crime in Coaldale."

"You can thank the officers you do have here for that," she said to a round of applause from the audience. "They really do their job."

At least two officers are needed for the night shift, she said, citing the attack.

"I just thank God there was somebody out there with him, because I don't know what would have happened to him," she said through tears. "If nothing else, that should be a reason why there should be two people on."

That somebody was Blesse, who helped subdue McGregor.

She reminded council that "it is your job to protect them and give them what they need to be safe and to keep this town safe."

Angela Krapf also asked council to help with the problems her husband has been having with the new insurance company the borough hired to handle workers' compensation matters. She said doctors on the company's list were not accepting new patients and the company has not returned her calls.

The company, she said, "has not been very helpful."

Councilman Joseph Hnat said he was "very concerned" about the insurance.

"We're not having good coverage there. Is there any way we can look into it a little more and find out what the devil's going on?"

Borough secretary Louise Lill said Krapf's was the first claim submitted to the new company. She said she also has had trouble getting the company to return calls. The borough has a contract with the company and cannot change at this point, Lill said.

"I've been making calls every day since he was hurt. I'll keep doing it. They keep telling me 'we'll get back to you, we'll get back to you'...," she said.

McGregor is in Schuylkill County prison under $35,000 percentage bail after being charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, harassment, failing to drive on the right side of the highway, meeting vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction, overtaking a vehicle on the right, careless driving and failure to use restraint systems.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Blesse and Krapf smelled a strong odor of alcohol from McGregor's face, and he had slurred speech and glossy, bloodshot eyes. McGregor swore at the officers, and then attacked, kicking and elbowing them.

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