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Larry Stoudt Says He Plans to Stay on Nazareth Council

Nazareth Councilman Larry Stoudt, who faces an obstruction charge, made his usual report at the borough meeting Thursday night.

Although he’s facing a criminal charge, longtime Nazareth Councilman Larry Stoudt was at his seat Thursday night on the far left of council’s oval table, giving a report as chairman of the public property committee.

And from what he said after Thursday’s meeting, it sounds like he has no intention of giving up the council post he’s held for more than 30 years.

Asked if he would resign because of a charge of allegedly obstructing a state police investigation, Stoudt blurted out, “no comment."

Asked if he had anything to say to borough residents, Stoudt said the next time he plans to comment is at his formal arraignment in Northampton County Court on Jan. 10.

Stoudt reportedly plans to apply for the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program for first-time offenders.

He said he will be getting in touch with his attorney -- possibly tomorrow -- about his legal situation. Online court records list his attorney as Charles R. Osinski of Allentown.

Asked again about future plans, he said, “I plan to stay right here,” meaning on council, where he also serves as vice president.

During Council’s workshop Thursday, the public property committee chairman reported the batting cage at Nazareth Boro-Park suffered more than $1,800 in damage from Hurricane Sandy, while the dog park, which is in back of Boro-Park, suffered more than $2,400 in damage.

He also reported Boro-Park lost more than 20 trees to Sandy. And he asked other council members for comment on a good location for FedEx to place a dropoff box.

Stoudt waived his preliminary hearing Nov. 21 on a charge of criminal attempt – obstruction of law or government. He was charged Oct. 9 with allegedly trying to interfere with a state police undercover investigation.

Regarding his plans to apply for ARD, Assistant District Attorney Connie Nelson said her office would not oppose Stoudt’s application.

At his preliminary hearing, District Judge Jackie Taschner of Palmer Township ordered Stoudt to say out of the borough police station.

According to a criminal complaint, Stoudt allegedly asked Nazareth's police chief to run the driver's license of a suspected liquor enforcement officer in an attempt to protect the local American Legion post from undercover, prying eyes.

The complaint said Stoudt approached police Chief Thomas Trachta with his request at the borough police station May 24, exactly one month after the state police Liquor Enforcement Office executed a search warrant on the Nazareth Jacksonian Club.

JASON GABRIEL November 30, 2012 at 11:09 AM
There it is folks. The affirmation that STOUDT is not going to do the right thing, imagine that. My question now is: what are you going to do? Will it be more of the whine and moan chorus, or will it be gather the impeachment or govenors order!?
Pat November 30, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Why does he have a choice?? He is so arrogant- - fire him now!!!
michelle November 30, 2012 at 03:29 PM
I say lets get him out. He shows no remorse for what he tried to do. He still thinks he is above the law. Nazareth residents deserve better. Lets get a petition started and send it to the governor! It's time the crooks stooped running the borough onto the ground!!!!!
Arthur November 30, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I am not a fan of Stoudt, but he was elected and he has not been found guilty of a crime. If he is judged guilty, then he should resign or be fired.
Kaos8 November 30, 2012 at 04:44 PM
The people of Nazareth need to stand up to this. There is constant rant and raves about running the borough into the ground. There has been multiple options provided on how to get rid of certain members of council, provided by GABRIEL in multiple articles here. I feel no remorse anymore, if no one is willing to take a stand. I feel for the police department, because it seems that these guys are taking the brunt of this, due to lack of backing from council. These guys have their backs at the wall and can only do so much with a dept full of part-timers.
Ben Miller November 30, 2012 at 04:48 PM
He should be removed from the council. He has already admitted that he did it to the police and announced his plans to plead guilty and request ARD. There is no question that he broke the law and now, we have a criminal on the Nazareth Council, who became a criminal by abusing his powers as a member of the Nazareth Council. If the other Councilmen had any integrity, they would vote to impeach him. Arthur- I see your point and it's valid. If he had not already admitted to breaking the law and spoken publicly about his intention to plead guilty in exchange for admittance to the ARD program, I would support your sentiment completely.
Ben Miller November 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
If I didn't have disabilities that prevented me from coming to meetings, I would be at each one, speaking out and letting them know exactly how I feel.
Kaos8 November 30, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Ben I commend you for standing up and at least getting your thought out there. There are just so many things wrong in Nazareth and it used to be such a great town to be in. There are too many other people that actually live in Nazareth, who are able to get to these meeting, but don't. There are so many of us, who are considered Nazareth, or Nazareth School District- where we too are dealing with this nonsense, but because we do not live in the borough, we have to just sit by and watch this "train wreck" happen. It is just so frustrating!
Dave Telstar November 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Most of these council members fart dust and are living in the past. Is it possible to get a member under the age of 50. New faces and new ideas. An "outsider" who is not beholden to one of the many factions would not be a bad idea either.
alivettg November 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Okay, here is the email directly to Governor Corbetts office to put your grievance and request for him to step down. Akiyota@pa.gov
Ben Miller November 30, 2012 at 11:59 PM
As soon as he's convicted, he's out under PA statute- http://www.lgc.state.pa.us/deskbook06/Issues_Governance_08_Removal_from_Office.pdf
Ben Miller December 01, 2012 at 12:01 AM
"Removal requires the elected official’s conviction of an infamous crime or the common law crime of misbehavior in office..." "Misbehavior in Office. “Misbehavior in office” as an impeachable offense under the Pennsylvania Constitution, Article VI, Section 6, is equivalent to the common-law crime of misconduct in office variously called misbehavior, misfeasance, or misdemeanor in office. It occurs when there is the breach of a positive statutory duty or the performance by a public official of a discretionary act with an improper or corrupt motive."
alivettg December 01, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Hopefully the system doesnt fail in this matter is all.
Opre Garga December 01, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Next he'll propose we should move the cannon!
Jake Tucker December 01, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Asking for ARD is saying you are Guilty of the Crime. Larry Stoudt is a disgrace to himself, the Borough and the American Legion. How could anyone want a self-confessed criminal as the vice president of Nazareth Borough Council? I’m sorry Larry but I can’t defend you any longer, this time you went too far. The Legion can excuse your behavior because you were looking out for the bar, but our town deserves better from its leaders. Larry you made a mistake and mistake have consequence you got to go.
Ben Miller December 01, 2012 at 05:23 AM
With respect, an online petition will do nothing to help the problem and neither will writing to the Governor. It's a feel-good thing, that gives a sense of doing something, without actually accomplishing anything. Once he is convicted, he can be removed. Online petitions and writing to the Governor will do nothing. The Governor has absolutely no power in this situation.
rick troxell December 03, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Face it folks. Stoudt will not only finish his term on council but he will surely run for mayor(a seat he hasn't had) an win. Although I certainly hope Nazareth wakes up an takes back control of itself in the next election I doubt it will.
sherry December 08, 2012 at 06:23 PM
good to know but don't we need the council to impeach him? What can WE do to make sure this comes to fruition???

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