We went with the Once Bitten, Twice Shy. Tom Wall, President of the Huntington County Commissioners and Candidate for the Indiana State Senate District 17 and his attempted cover up of what would normally be just a blip in the news turned into a major regional story. A story that Tom has yet to address. So here is to you Tom Wall , Political Story of the Year!
BY GARY L. SNYDERThere seems to be some confusion regarding a recent story pertaining to the Huntington North Cross Country team, Animal Control Officer Lori Hendrickson, and County Commission President and Republican Candidate for State Senate District 17 Tom Wall. So as usual, it's left to HuntingtonPolitics.com (me) to set the record straight.
On September 7, 2009 the Animal Control Officer (ACO) was dispatched to Stults Road. When the ACO arrived, she was met by several members of the Huntington North Cross Country team, including Head Coach Curtis Hines and Assistant Coach Nick Johnson.
At 1:59 the ACO, Lori Hendrickson, noted the following comments on the Huntington County Sheriff's Dispatch Report: CP requested to speak with the ACO referencing the dog owned by Jerry Gressley runs loose on E. College. Kids run at the Huntington University cross country course and get chased by this dog. This dog has bitten three different students. None of them have gone for medical treatment, but they are fed up with being chased.
At 3:15 the ACO reported: ACO advised that she spoke with dog's owner Jerry Gressley....he advised that he is the renter of the property where the bite took place and advised that the subject that was bit should not have been on the property in the first place.
At 3:18 the ACO reported: Contact number for Mr. Gressley is......( the dots are my version of editing.)
At 3:19 the ACO advised the the bite took place on the HU Cross Country course just for information.
At 3:23 the report states all contacts made for now...ACO will follow-up on this matter as needed.
Now, here's where it gets interesting, that's if I didn't have your complete attention already. At 8:50 a.m. the next morning, the ACO, still Lori Hendrickson, called the Huntington County dispatch and wanted the following statement put into the dispatch log: ACO requested it logged that Commissioner Tom Wall (and Republican Candidate for Indiana State Senate District 17) called her last evening in reference to this dog bite call. He advised her she is not to do anything about the dog bite offense that was reported previously that day. Terry Gressley is employed by the University as the grounds keeper and he advised her not to ruin the relations between the County and Huntington University with this call. Authorized Lori Vanover (Hendrickson), ACO Huntington County.
Tom Wall has promised me a statement on the incident and we will update the story as soon as it received.
Below are copies of the actual huntington County Dispatch reports and Official Indiana Animal Bites Reports filed by the individuals accosted by the accused K-9.
View this photo - Page one of the Huntington County Dispatch Report
View this photo - Page two of the Huntington County Dispatch Report
View this photo - Official Indiana Animal Bites Report filed by Curtis Hines
View this photo - Official Indiana Animal Bites Report filed by Nick Johnson
View this photo - Official Indiana Animal Bites Report filed by Dan Meyer