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Weissport police chief defends towing

Published November 19. 2013 06:00PM

Weissport Police Chief Steve Armbruster disputes that former Weissport Mayor Tina Hagenbuch was singled out to have her car towed last month.

"There must be little news in the town of 600 if the ex-mayor's car being towed is a news story," Armbruster said.

Armbruster said he had the car towed because it had to be moved. He said her car was only one of several that were towed that day.

"There was yellow construction tape in the area where her car was parked and lots of heavy equipment was being moved through the area," he said. Armbruster said that both the gas company and the Pennsylvania Deaprtment of Transportation had work crews in the area at the time of the towing.

"I had no idea whose car it was," he said.

Armbruster said that he did not return her call at the time of the incident because he was at a fire at the trestle.

Armbruster also defended his position about the comments Hagenbuch made concerning him not complying with MOPEC reports.

"When I took over the department, I tried to get things going," Armbruster said. "I wasn't working when those reports were issued and I cannot sign off on them because I was not here. Until a resolution is reached, nothing is going to happen. I'm trying to solve that problem."

Council members went into executive session Monday night to discuss the issue of the car being towed that Hagenbuch raised when she attended the Nov. 4 meeting asking to have Armbruster suspended.

Both Hagenbuch and Chuck Unrath, Hagenbuch's fiance appeared before Weissport Council two weeks ago to ask for the chief's suspension.

Unrath said that he had recently purchased Hagenbuch's car and had temporary tags and license and had paperwork to prove it. He said that according to the vehicle code he had 10 days to have the registration and insurance paperwork completed, but before the 10 days elapsed, the car was towed.

Hagenbuch said that because of the illegal towing, she wanted the police chief suspended.

Mayor Jonathan Troutman said at that meeting that he would talk to the police chief and get his side of the issue.

Weissport Council president Gene Kerschner said that he and Arland Moyer, council member, met with the chief for two hours and heard his side of the issue.

He said the rest of council would be updated before council could make any decisions.

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