Sunday, November 18, 2007

Traffic reporter pays fine over sign theft

Veteran radio traffic reporter Joe McConnell has agreed to pay a fine to settle a petty theft charge that he stole a political lawn sign placed by a Burlingame City Council candidate.

The San Mateo County Times says the fine was for $342.75 while the San Mateo Daily Journal says McConnell paid $375.75.

McConnell's wife headed the campaign of candidate Jerry Deal, who defeated incumbent Russ Cohen in Tuesday's election. McConnell, who does traffic reports for several stations including KGO-AM and KQED-FM, was accused of stealing two signs for a third candidate, Gene Condon. Condon claims to have caught McConnell on tape in a sting operation to find out who was stealing his signs. McConnell previously told the San Mateo County Times he had removed one of the signs because Condon's signs "are a blight on the neighborhood, just as he would be a blight on City Council."

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