Friday, October 15, 2010
Grafton Township: Battery Charge After Township Meeting
Police said they were called to the scene at 11:47 pm about a physical altercation. Two initial reports from apparent eyewitnesses described Moore as throwing a "punch". However, a release from Huntley PD reads: "It is being alleged that David Moore approached Gerald McMahon outside the meeting room in the park district building and started videotaping McMahon’s conversation with other members of the Grafton Township administration. McMahon put his hand up and attempted to block the videotaping when Moore reacted and allegedly placed his hands on McMahon’s upper body and shoved him. McMahon then slapped Moore as he was being pushed."
Linda Moore who was reportedly present at the altercation entered the Huntley Police Headquarters at about 12:30 am this morning but declined comment and entered an inteview room. McMahon and other presumed witnesses were released from a locked interview room at about 1:15 am.
McMahon showed no evident injury as he left. He said only, "My blood pressure's probably pretty high."
McMahon's wife, Donna; Trustee's Rob LaPorta and Betty Zirk; Township Administrator Pam Fender and Township Attorney Keri-Lyn Krafthefer were also released from the interview room but declined to offer any details. "We've been advised not to say anything," was LaPorta's only comment, apparently speaking for the group.
The incident occurred after the Grafton Township Board held a closed session to discuss a personnel matter. The four-hour open session before that was unusually acrimonious even by Grafton Township standards. It included several lengthy high-decibel harangues of Moore by the leather-lunged McMahon. "He'll give himself a heart attack," commented one newbie audience member who'd never watched McMahon before.
Another possible contributor to the incident was a dispute with McMahon's wife, Donna, earlier in the week. Supervisor Moore labeled the encounter "harrasement from trustees (sic) wife today" in an email to FEN. The message was sent Thursday but carried Wednesday's date internally. It recounted a dispute over a FOIA request to Moore ending, "This is the second consecutive day that Trustee McMahon (sic) has disrupted my office."
Huntley Police said Moore was charged with battery, and released this morning after posting $150 bond pending a court appearance November 19.
In the pic: Alleged violence victim Grafton Trustee Gerry McMahon leaving Huntley Police Headquarters early this morning.