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Town of Morrison Clerk charged in video camera incident with resident


TOWN OF MORRISON, WI (WTAQ) - A disorderly conduct charge has been filed against the Town of Morrison Clerk for a video recording incident where she tells a resident to turn off the camera. 

The Brown County District Attorney’s office filed the charge in mid-January for the April 2012 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, Town Clerk Colleen Magley approached a resident who was filming a board meeting on wind turbines. 

The meeting wrapped up and the video shows Magley approaching Jon Morehouse telling him to turn the camera off.  She extends her arm towards the camera, which then pans upwards.  The two exchange words and Morehouse can be heard telling Magley she had no right to touch his camera.  Magley then walks away. 

Magley says she reached to block the camera’s view and accidently touched the video camera. 

Last Thursday during a special meeting, the town board voted to cover any legal and lawyer expenses for the Town Clerk's defense.

If convicted on the misdemeanor charge, Magley faces up to a $1,000 fine and up to 90 days in jail or both. 

The April incident that unfolded seems to be one of many others. 

A number of residents have made an issue over the placement of wind turbines at Town of Morrison board meetings. 

Residents often voice their concerns on what they believe is corruption among town officials accusing them of violating ethics for voting on issues they have a financial stake in. 

Like other meetings, the April meeting in question got heated at times. 

A witness claims there have been other heated exchanges and even physical contact between residents and town officials. 

After the April meeting incident, town officials started video recording the meetings and have had a deputy present. 

None of the parties involved or town officials wanted to comment or did not call back.  The District Attorney’s office also did not return a calls.