Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Traffic reporter questioned in sign theft

Veteran Bay Area traffic reporter Joe McConnell was briefly questioned by Burlingame police Monday for allegedly stealing a campaign sign from a candidate running for the Burlingame City Council, the Palo Alto Daily News reports. The paper also questioned McConnell and he acknowledged taking the sign and was unrepentant about the act, the Daily News said. McConnell said he disposed of the sign by throwing it to the ground a short distance away. McConnell is said to have taken a sign for Gene Condon. McConnell's wife, Geraldine O'Connor, is co-chair of the campaign for one of Condon's opponents in the November race, Jerry Deal. McConnell is San Francisco bureau chief of Metro Networks and he does traffic reports for stations including KGO-AM and KQED-FM.

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