Alburtis Councilman Kyle A. Bower has gotten an early start as a politician in trouble with the law. The Democratic city councilman has been arrested for allegedly stealing GOP campaign signs and damaging a farm field. Such violations would usually result in bail but he is on probation for other charges.
Bower is only nine months into his first borough council term but previously pleaded guilty to escape and stalking — leading to a two-year sentence of probation. He allegedly violated that probation when he stole campaign signs for Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Charlie Dent and Ryan Mackenzie on Oct. 3. His car and the signs were then found in a farm field with two bottles of beer. Bower allegedly drove around the field causing nearly $600 damage to an acre before ditching the car when it became disabled. Bower seems to have missed the campaign memo: You are not allowed to engage in such act until you enter higher office.
Bower is now charged with theft and receiving stolen property in the borough as well as agricultural crop destruction, agricultural vandalism, criminal mischief, abandoning a vehicle on public or private property, damage to real property by operation of motor vehicle, travel on cultivated land and restrictions on alcoholic beverages.
In the meantime, he will presumably continue to serve the public in his elected office.
Source: Lehigh Valley