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.

John Belin August 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
another fine lehigh county leader LOL!
John Belin August 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
tamarya August 05, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Actually he must be watering the trees to obtain that shade tree ordinance that was put through. So he is fullfilling borough duty somewhat lol.
Janet Persing August 05, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Two words: YOU PIG!
Linden Ever August 06, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Piss poor behavior and not being arrested until the situation became dire? Hmmm, sounds like "Otis of Mayberry" is running your town.
Linden Ever August 06, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Pigs behave better. lol
Ron Beitler August 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
::shakes head:: all you can really say is wow.... Despite the constant circus... despite the constant negative press. Macungie really is a great place to live and do business. And if you visited the Das Awkscht Fescht this past weekend you saw it first hand. It's hard not to focus on the bad when you constantly have stuff like this happening... But for those of us who live or work here we have to keep focusing on the good while fixing the bad.
Responsible Citizen August 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Unless there is an official complaint, how does one get cited and arrested????
John Rogers August 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
He wasn't arrested until the situation became dire because the neighbors didn't report it until it became dire. According to the article (and other articles), police were there taking the initial complaint when they observed what they saw.
Macungieone August 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
What really happened was the officer was there too give advice on what could be done about it, he decided to come out of his home and pee, 25 yards away from the office in plain sight. Don't post bogus crap on here until you get the facts straight. Nobody condones what was done, he will be punished but get your story's straight again before you post.
Linden Ever August 08, 2012 at 11:11 AM
This man behaves in a disgusting, highly inappropriate manner for an elected official and you're busy scolding readers for their comments? How about if I scold you and tell you that you should learn to spell before you post? Your word "story's" should be spelled "stories" and the word "too" in your first sentence should be "to" - okay smartypants?
Andrea Beson August 08, 2012 at 02:54 PM
And this is why I moved out of the area!!! Too much drama that children are subjected to. Every place you go has its issues, however Macungie for being a small town has big problems.. first the police, and now elected officials?? It is funny that I scold my 3 yr old for peeing in the bushes and what does a grown man do?? Not to mention who wants to see someones winky while talking a walk!!!! Nasty and he should be ashamed of himself and honestly NO ONE should defend his behavior! He should get extra charges!!! you cannot pee in public its indecent exposure, and if a child had seen his "parts" that is corruption of a minor among many other charges that could be slapped on him and they should!!! if a person can do that in public could he be a potential threat to the area as for the safety of the children!!! He obviously adores the attention as he is no longer resigning!!! he should be booted out! haha and yes I stink at spelling and grammer :)
Responsible Citizen August 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Drama?? The police?? And who do you think initiated THAT uneccessary drama?! Amazing how council and the mayor become so hush about this Linn Walker issue!? ".....a personal matter".....Hmmmmm.....can't help bu think just what their response would be had this been anyone else's actions other than the "good ole boys...and gals"!!!!
Ron Beitler August 08, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Macungie needs more residents and business owners to get involved.... PERIOD. It is a great place to live and do business but shenanigans like peeing councilman and in my opinion an unnecessary focus on police issues (constant bickering about a problem that doesn't exist) takes focus away from the great things that go on here and more importantly distract from issues borough leadership should be focusing on. Mr. Walker should immediately resign. Just another silly distraction. I always thought he was a calmer voice at council. But come on... peeing on a neighbors property? Repeatedly? Seriously?
Andrea Beson August 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
It is amazing at things that get covered up in small towns. In Alburtis there was a child 11 (girl) that lived at 7 W. 2nd street and she committed suicide by using a friends(15yr old) parents gun. We lived down the road and know it happened..charges were never pressed and it was covered up.. The drug problem in alburtis is rediculous. The apartments across from the Iron horse!! WOW talk about obvious!!! You can sit on the steps of the Iron horse and just watch them go in and out, the people are strung out and nothing is done about it!!! A man recently overdosed in the house and again covered up. They would have covered up the double homicide if they could!!! I think a bit of action would be best suited, and listen to the complaints of others and ACTION ACTION ACTION!!!! I That counsilman should not have had to resign he should have been disbanded!!! If I were to go outside and tinkle I would be arrested immediately and charged with all sorts of offenses!!! what makes them different then the average citizen....do they not have to follow the same rules and regulations? Grrrr is all I can say!!!
John Rogers August 08, 2012 at 05:29 PM
While I am just as offended as you, there was absolutely nothing covered up. Do you have any training in criminal law? If not, how do you know what laws were broken and the penalties? I did an online search of the Pa. Crimes Code and it would appear to me that the police filed the exact charges that they were allowed to by law. You're examples are all in Alburtis. This happened in Macungie, not Alburtis so your examples simply do not apply. I assume by disbanded you mean that he should be removed from office. Correct me if I am wrong, but you currently have an elected councilman in office in Alburtis that was convicted of much more serious offenses. Please check your facts before making all sorts of wild accusations about cover ups, etc.
Andrea Beson August 08, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I Know that Alburtis has a horrible person on their counsil, I also did not vote for him. As a matter of fact, I do have a degree in law :) Ok, let me rephrase.. Lower Macungie Township and surrounding areas all need a wake up call and start acting instead of throwing stuff to the side or keeping it hush hush as not to deter from the " Appeal to live there". If people would look at all the aspects of small town living they would realize there are ALOT of sex offenders, drug activity, and scandles involving town officials. There is a reason for this, it is a small town a good place to hide and get away with things because No one wants to cause trouble!!!! And John, haha according the the bill of rights, I have freedom of speech without penalty of persecution ;) as do you! So as we agree to disagree I feel this is a great conversation!!
Responsible Citizen August 08, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I am not certain what all this conversation regarding Alburtis crime etc.. has to do with Macungie?? If you are attepting to stress that small communities have their heads in the sand when it comes to admitting "crime" occurs there as well as larger communities, I must agree! The mindset of "not here in Macungie" is what initiated this argument and ballyhoo about the current police chief and police dept. A small faction resented the police dog, the development of a progressive, professional police department and the realization that crime enters small communities when the perception or reality of an inadequate police department or police coverage exists was trivialized by this small faction. The result....the election of a mayor and several other counci members to support the idea "not here in Macungie"! So...now what?? As so many have posted...it is now time for concientious citizens to wake up and get involved! Our community depends on it! The LOUD, destructive and vindictive minority have had their opportunity!!
John Rogers August 08, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I never said you didn't have the right to express an opinion. I simply suggested that you check your facts before doing so. And no offense, but, judging by the form and content of your posts, I highly doubt you have a law degree. Sorry.
Linden Ever August 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Andrea - hehe, you're my kind of gal !! We should get together for lunch sometime! Maybe have a couple of drinks, and then go water Lynn Walker's lawn. lol
Andrea Beson August 09, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Linden Ever: LMAO!!!! Add me on FB and sure I am always up for new friends!!! John Rogers: Yes, I am a paralegal who interned for Rebecca Young Esq. in Macungie and interned for Trainer Law offices in Allentown :) Yes, I am the QUEEN of run on sentences when I am not composing documents..I do not feel I need to be as formal on a blog as I do in legal research and legal composition. John please check your facts before you post!
Responsible Citizen August 09, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Ron Beitler August 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Sidenote... there is nothing more annoying then grammar police on social media/blogs ect.. The medium is conversational in nature. Grammar while still important as a vehicle to clearly and concisely get your thoughts across.. is secondary on this type of media. The more participating the merrier. Folks have to understand people comment on mobile devices, pads and in many cases quickly. You don't have to be Tolstoy and compose a perfect post to comment on a message board.
Ron Beitler August 09, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Perception is everything. But it's not necessarily tied to 24/7 coverage. Trust me, for those living outside of the borough Macungie has the reputation of a police state, there is still crime albeit minimal but moreso % wise then in the township. Lower Macungie Twsp has state police coverage yet on average (according to state police presentation on coverage earlier this summer) in almost every category crime statistics remain are at or below averages for comparable areas. (townships with comparable demographics and population numbers) For example. % of burglaries per population: Lower Macungie Township (PSP coverage) you have a 0.11% of being a victim of burglary. (34 in 30,600) Macungie Borough (standalone) 0.13 (4 in 3040) Nearly identical, borough slightly higher. And I'm not saying this to dig up old arguments. I just wanted to do a little research and see the effect the boroughs police dept. has on crime statistics vs. a township that relies on state police. It isnt apples to apples but interesting. And YES boroughs need police departments. (due to density) What I would like to see? Regional dept. Alburtis, Macungie, LMT.
Responsible Citizen August 09, 2012 at 02:02 PM
If you attended past council meetings you would be aware that Macungie's police chief is in full support of a regional police dept. as well. (Just more FYI!!)
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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