Update: Councilman Walker to Resign after Alleged Peeing Incident

Macungie Councilman Linn Walker's announcement came hours after police said he would be charged by summons with public drunkenness. Charges do not indicate a conviction.

Updated 3:20 p.m. with comment from Macungie Councilman Linn Walker

Macungie Councilman Linn Walker, who police said will be charged with public drunkenness and other offenses for allegedly urinating repeatedly on his neighbors' properties, said Saturday he will resign from office.

Walker said he was not drunk or disorderly Friday afternoon when police allege the incident happened, but suffers from a weak bladder. He said his bathroom was occupied, so he went outside Friday afternoon to urinate on a bush. He said he was accustomed to urinating outdoors after years working outdoors.

"I admit I've done it before," Walker said. "I got caught, and I'll serve the consequences." He said it was "a wake-up call" not to urinate outdoors anymore.

Walker said he had already apologized to his neighbors. He also wanted to apologize to voters. He said he also would resign from the planning board.

"It's time to step down and get out of the spotlight," he said. 

Police issued a release earlier Saturday that said Walker will be charged with public drunkenness and other offenses for allegedly urinating on his neighbors' properties repeatedly on Friday afternoon.

Walker, 67, who was re-elected to council last November, will be sent a summons charging him with open lewdness, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to a release from Macungie Police Chief Edward A. Harry Jr.

According to the release:

* Neighbors complained to police that Walker, 45 W. Chestnut St., was constantly coming out of his home and allegedly urinating on his neighbors' properties, in front of them and their children in daylight. Neighbors said they wanted it stopped.

* While an officer was investigating at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Walker came out of his house, went to his neighbor’s home at 43 W. Chestnut St. and allegedly urinated on its porch pad, a garden hose and gas can lying next to the porch. 

The officer approached Walker and determined he was under the influence of alcohol, the release said.

Walker has lived in the borough since 1987. 

Summons charges do not indicate a conviction. Check back with Patch for updates on the story.

Ron Beitler August 09, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I am aware of that RC. I am also aware Macungie sent a formal letter to LMT requesting an exploratory meeting. LMT declined. I'm well aware....
John Rogers August 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Nobody said that the grammar had to be perfect. What I was mainly referring to were the comments about a cover up and that the proper charges were not filed. Anyone who has a background in law should know better. At least the one thing we all agree on is that his conduct was reprehensible. That is the main thing. I could always get into the differences between a "degree in law" and a "paralegal" but this particular headline is the last place I want to get into a "pissing contest" with anyone !!!!! :-)
Ron Beitler August 09, 2012 at 02:10 PM
My fear is LMT's preferred solution to a non-problem (per our crime statistics) is a standalone force. This is a terrible idea. A standalone force in LMT would take up a massive chunk of our budget and surely lead to a major millage tax. Huge issue in the commonwealth is the amount of school districts,(501) municipalities (2,500) and levels upon levels of government. A standalone LMT force would literally physically completely encircle the borough of Alburtis standalone force and 3 sides of Macungie's standalone force. Wildly inefficient and wasteful.
ron August 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Yes it would be wildly inefficient and wasteful but thats the way lower macungie works. their ego is way to big to be part of a team. Thats why they wasted millions building their new fire house and duplicating services even though macungie,alburtis and trexlertown fire stations are within two miles of most of the area covered by the new station. Even the state fire commissioner recomended companys should use a regional mutual aid approach to expand. So while a regional police force in the future does make sense my recommendation is dont hold your breath.
Responsible Citizen August 09, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Just making sure you are aware RB....


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