Wisconsin alderman's car super-glued

Published On: Nov 15 2012 11:35:33 AM HST
Updated On: Nov 13 2012 08:22:00 PM HST

A Kenosha alderman says he is disgusted after his car was super-glued in the City Hall parking lot.

KENOSHA, Wis. -

A Kenosha alderman said he is disgusted after his car was super-glued in the City Hall parking lot.

"I tried to put the key in the lock (and) it wouldn't go in," said District 7 Alderman Patrick Juliana.

Juliana said he almost wasn't able to leave a committee meeting Oct. 15.

"It was full of sticky stuff, glue," he said. "It oozed down here and it compromised the clear coat and I had to have the lock changed."

Juliana crawled in through the passenger side and filed a complaint the next day.

The investigation has been handed over to Racine police, who won't comment. However, WISN 12 News learned that cameras on the nearby Transit building were rolling that night. Juliana said he watched the video and recognized the culprit.

"That vehicle is kind of unique because it belongs to one specific individual on the council," Juliana said.

There are no charges filed so far, but others on the council confirmed the accused is also an alderman.

When 12 News tried to obtain the video from the Transit building, the city attorney shared an email from the assistant district attorney, saying that releasing it "could utterly destroy the potential for a successful investigation and prosecution."

"Is this the kind of message you want to send to other elected officials?" Juliana said. "Be careful what you bring forward for fear of retribution."

Juliana won't elaborate if he and the councilman have had any disputes.

"As far as I know, none," Juliana said.

District 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy said this is all hard to believe, but he and other alderman said that if there's truth in it, there should be resulting punishment.

"Politics is a funny game sometimes," Kennedy said. "Those people that you think are your allies are voting against things the next time. I wouldn't say it rose to the level of any personal animosity, but who knows? If it is true, I don't think it reflects on our council; it really reflects on the individual member."

Several other aldermen and the mayor would not comment, as the case remains under investigation. 

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