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Former Brick Township Council candidate charged with impersonating his former competition September 1, 2009

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Paul E. Panuska ran unsuccessfully for Brick Township council in 2007 but was defeated by councilman Michael Thulen.  On Monday morning, police allege that Panuska pretended to be Thulen in an attempt to get a couple to  clean up their yard even though the yard didn’t even belong to him. 

Panuska saw a couple doing yard work at a home near his River Park Drive residence.  He allegedly told them that he would use his position on the council to have them fined for the condition of their property.  However, do not own the home and were doing the property owner a favor by cutting the grass.

He was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of harassment and one count of impersonating a public official.  The other charges are there because police allege that he was loud and used profanity to the couple in front of their three children.

Sounds like a weird case.  He was clearly not trying to get anything from anyone.  In fact, it seems like he had good intentions.  You have to wonder if some alcohol or medicine was involved here (assuming these allegations are true).  Just seems out of left field.  Hopefully he’ll get a good attorney to work out a great result for him.

Story is here.