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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.

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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