Tonawanda News

November 22, 2012

Cops called for domestic dispute involving councilman

domestic: Police confirm councilman was involved in incident with estranged wife.

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The estranged wife of Town Councilman Daniel J. Crangle told Town of Tonawanda police Crangle shoved her to the ground and stole her purse during a domestic dispute, though she declined to press charges.

The report states that Crangle’s wife spoke to police after neighbors called 911 to report the disturbance early Saturday.

“The woman reports that when she arrived at her home, her estranged husband (Crangle) was waiting for her,” the report states.

The victim told police Crangle pushed her down and stole her purse. The belongings were returned to her and she chose not to press charges at the time.

“She hopes police interaction will change his behavior,” the report states.

Crangle was not arrested.

Although the names of the parties involved were blacked out on the police report put out along with other arrests and incidents for local media to read, Assistant Chief Jerry Uschold confirmed that Crangle was indeed involved the incident.

Town of Tonawanda police as a matter of department policy redact victims’ names and any identifying details in the report’s narrative before they are given to reporters for inspection. Because no charges were filed, Crangle’s name was blacked out as well. It was only after the News — operating on an anonymous tip quoting the police report number — asked the department to verify the information that they confirmed Crangle as the male party listed in the report.

“I know there are some emails going around that he committed a big crime,” Uschold said. “But it was just a run of the mill domestic incident. There was nothing extraordinary about it.”

Crangle did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment.

Fellow board member Joseph Emminger declined to comment.

“It is a personal matter and not town business,” he said. 

Town Supervisor Anthony Caruana couldn’t be reached for comment.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.