Outrageous Outburst from Official
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 7th August 2017
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This fire lit a fuse that set off a series off  F-Bombs in tirade of voicemails…    (Photo Credit: zenfolio.com)

 

Witnesses say profanity laced messages left on property manager’s phone

Folks, this is one of those stories that needs to be told in the interest of holding our elected officials accountable. This column will deal with an incident that, in our opinion, crosses all lines of appropriate conduct by an elected Baltimore County Councilman.  At the heart of the matter are two phone calls followed by a text message that originated from Councilman Todd Crandell.

This will be the first in a series of columns to deal with this egregious subject. It is unconscionable to think that one of our elected councilmen would act in a manner that discredits his chosen profession.

According to sources that heard the phone messages, the Councilman, sounding as though he was somewhat impaired, unleashed a profanity-laced tirade against the businessman he called. The “F bomb” was dropped numerous times during the two phone calls. Witnesses identified the voice as that of Councilman Crandell.

What lies beneath that grimace ?  (Photo Patch.com)

 

It should be noted that Councilman Crandell lives within eyesight of the fire that engulfed one of the buildings on the old Seagram’s property.

This is where the situation gets tough because people appear to be “surrounding the wagons” to protect the Councilman. It appears that, despite the initial uproar over the calls and text message, those who have the information are now unwilling to make it public.

Let’s get to the facts.

While there are two central characters in this story, we are only going to focus on the Councilman. Before we proceed any further, we want it known that the Post is in possession of evidence that will support the facts covered in this article. There is a need to protect sources at this point, which we will do in order to provide the truth.

Nothing in the world of politics is more important than the truth.

But it doesn’t end there…

According to sources, another incident took place at Dundalk Heritage Fair. Councilwoman Vicki Almond was seen at the fair on 7/2/17, as was Councilman Crandell. Witnesses said Councilwoman Almond made a remark about Councilman Crandell that alluded to him appearing to be “intoxicated.”

As the Post normally does, we sent Councilman Almond an email seeking to clarify the incident. A copy of email is below:


Councilwoman Vicki Almond,

The Baltimore Post has received information from eyewitnesses regarding a situation that took place at the Dundalk Heritage Fair.

According to our sources, during the incident in question, you observed Councilman Todd Crandell to be, in your words, “intoxicated” as he approached you for a conversation. 

Do you wish to comment on this matter for the record?

Thank you for your time and attention to this request.


As usual, there was no response from Ms. Almond, who aspires to be the next County Executive. This does not bode well for a candidate seeking the highest office in local government; rather, it shows either a lack of transparency regarding egregious conduct or a lack of good judgement regarding making comments in public.

In addition to the email we sent to Councilman Almond, another communication was sent to Councilman Crandell asking for a comment on his conduct at the fair and the telephone/text messages. A copy of the email is below:

The Baltimore Post has received information regarding an early morning phone conversation between you and a property manager regarding the Seagram’s property in Dundalk.

According to our sources, the phone call in question (in which your voice was identified) contained an extreme amount of foul language and possible threatening language. Our sources also stated that your vocal patterns suggested that you might be under the influence of alcohol during the call.

For the record, would you like to comment on this situation? The Post is in possession of recordings and interviews with various people involved in this matter.

Thank you for your time and attention to this request.

 


Now, one would think the Councilman would want to respond to this email considering the serious implications of his conduct. However, this was not the case, as the below reply received on August 8, at 4:45 am reveals:


Thank you for contacting the office of Councilman Todd Crandell. Our staff will respond to your inquiry promptly. 

For general information regarding policies, news, and events, please visit the County’s website.
For information regarding pending and passed Council legislation, please click here.

This has been a consistent issue with Councilman Crandell and transparency.
For those of you who may remember the infamous MACO event, it took a solid six months of determined investigation to break that story. The reason back then, as it is now, is that the wagons were circled in an effort to shield the misconduct.
The Baltimore Post promises to stay abreast of this story. Additional stories will identify the recipient of Councilman Crandell’s messages, along with audio evidence, emails sent to the recipient of the profanity-laced phone messages, and one text.
Just before publishing this article, another witness came forward and verified the voice on the phone messages as belonging to Councilman Crandll.  The Post had inquired how the Councilman sounded in the messages, and the witness described the voice sounding as though “inebriated.”
In another update, prior going to publication, several phone calls were made to the office of Baltimore County Licensing and Permits.  The Post was advised that an application by the property manager was filed under the number B934937.  The permits deal with a number of issues, including asbestos removal and other environmental concerns. In a follow-up phone call to the county office of communications, a reply was requested concerning this matter. The Post also sent an in-depth email that will be published in the follow-up to this article.
A source close to the developer said the buildings will be torn down by the end of August in compliance with the court order.
Stay tuned for the next dial-tone, because it is sure to be a real ringer.