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Vienna councilman charged with DUI

February 13, 2013

PARKERSBURG — A Vienna city councilman is facing drunken driving charges after his arrest Sunday by a Wood County deputy sheriff. Councilman Paul E. Thornton, 61, of 610 54th St....

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Feb-13-13 3:46 AM

very interesting to say the least. BUT the mayor is wrong; any public official lives in a glass house and is subject to review for any action. for rapp to circle the wagons for thornton shows the clannishness; the clique in place for the city elected government. paul for sure deserves due process- period. but one can be very sure that had he been stopped by a vienna pd officer, he would not have been arrested; he would not have been charged. that is the shame of this community where traffic enforcement is non-existant.

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Feb-13-13 5:44 AM

widkitty you are an harm no foul...what if had killed someone...he didnt this time but who knows what will happen next time and there will be a next time there always is.

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Feb-13-13 6:47 AM

Alcohol and the epidemic of DUI has killed and ruined more lives than every other single drug combined, so yet again Mr. Law and Order embarrasses himself and gives law enforcement another discredit. Good Work Forthebetter!

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Feb-13-13 7:20 AM

WCK628,yes there are many if's in life, and thats exactly why one must be responsible for actions that we can control! This is also a councilman who knows better, or at least should. God forbid you ever have any member of you're family killed by a drunk driver, you will feel differently. The bad judgement of one who drinks and drives, need to have their license taken away, regardless of what position they hold. Just my openion of course, but the law doesn't operate this way.

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Feb-13-13 7:24 AM

@c8/kittycat/our town troll/possibly the mayor himself....

'The practice of ethics is based upon habit, and one who habitually behaves unethically in small ways is nonetheless building the habit of unethical behavior. Incremental escalations in the unethical nature of the acts, if not inevitable, are certainly common. Thus even an unethical act that causes no direct harm to others can harm the actor, by setting him or her on the slippery slope.'

Let's apply your logic, "no harm no foul" to other examples that surely you disagree with.... ex: an old retired war vet smoking a joint on a tropical island - "no harm no foul" right? who is he hurting? himself by smoking? sure, just as the case in any drunk.

I would say go take any elementary logic course but your rationality is hopeless it seems.

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Feb-13-13 7:47 AM

Not saying Paul is not a good guy. Nor am I implying because of DUI=should resign.

Just have to call out the seriously flawed thinking skills of our town troll. Then again, 1% of me would like to think he is just playing a big ole game of Stephen Colbert-style parody.


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Feb-13-13 8:55 AM

Guilty until proven innocent in the court of media;ONCE MORE. Wasn't there a write up just a few days ago about the fallibility of the Intoxilyzer 8000 just a few days ago? I DO have to raise a brow,since Schaad used to be a Vienna city cop; could everything not be as it seems?

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Feb-13-13 9:03 AM

I agree with Aaron, he is so smart. I wish I could be as smart as Aaron Lohoefener. Can we be friends Aaron? Mr. Thornton, I would ask Aaron to help you with this, he is so smart!

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Feb-13-13 9:10 AM

I think the deputy stated the car was swerving back and forth, and the cruisers have cameras in them so its probably on video. Oh wait, that can't be so because Aaron knows, he is so smart! Not guilty, because Aaron said so. How about a new reality show, Judge Aaron.

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Feb-13-13 9:15 AM

I'm confused by most of these comments. This is not a private citizen. He's someone that ran for public office and by default, is under public scrutiny. I don't think he should have to resign, but, he certainly has to make an effort to let people know he's no longer misbehaving. Ask anyone that's been busted for drunk driving. They will tell you that this is not the first time they did it. Most will tell you they did it hundreds of times. This could have easily been yet another tragedy. West Virginia, by the way, has the highest rate of drunken driving in the US. Congratulations for reinforcing it Mr. Thornton! So anyway, some of you need to read about something other than the lastest American Idol results. Regular everyday people lose their jobs over DUIs. Many companies have a zero tolerance policy for this behavior. When you fill out a job application and report a DUI, you can pretty much count on not getting a call-back.

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Feb-13-13 9:27 AM

WV has the highest drunk driving rate? Interesting. If we could just get wildkitty off the road we would jump to 38 instead of 50th.

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Feb-13-13 9:33 AM

A charleston prosecutor has been fired by the DA because they were arrested for DUI. Elected officials who make policies for people in the community are held to a higher standard and they know that when they run for the job. One has to question the decision making ability of somebody who knows the law and makes a conscious decision to not follow it, how much would a cab cost, maybe $15. He should voluntarily resign OR a the very least enter into a alcohol treatment/awareness program to show good faith to the community he understands what he has done and he is making every effort to better himself.

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Feb-13-13 10:39 AM

Wow, how quick some people are to pass judgment on a person's character for one offense. I believe Mr. Thornton stated that he is taking full responsibility, no favors are being asked for. After a record of service that is over 25 years long, where he has participated in events that have saved the city tens of thousands of dollars, brought about countless benefits to the residents, helped untold people, it amazes me that some people can be so small minded. It must be nice to have never made any mistakes in one's life. I for one can forgive this and hope he doesn't consider leaving the city government, Vienna needs his knowledge and dedication.

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Feb-13-13 10:55 AM

An honorable man would resign.

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Feb-13-13 11:06 AM

Nobody said we are all perfect...we are saying when you make a decision to run for PUBLIC office then when you make a decision to break the law then people are going to judge you..he may be a great guy, etc. etc...that being said...if he wants to repair his public image then he should A) resign B) show the people who voted for him he is making a good faith effort to correct his bad judgement by taking a alochol program for offenders (which he seems to be based on the evidence and his own admission)...the people of Vienna can forgive him..however..the people of Vienna don't want to be duped.

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Feb-13-13 11:08 AM

Madasheck, I would love to hear why losing such a champion for the city would be appropriate, in your opinion. You can't know Mr. Thornton or you would never call him dis-honorable.

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Feb-13-13 11:09 AM

Partisans who would give someone a pass and/or blow it off as one mistake out of many years would be SCREAMING for blood if it were a politician they did not support.

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Feb-13-13 11:11 AM

He can resign, make a clear attempt to rectify whatever personal flaw lead him to the point where he was DUI, then run again and let the voters decide if he's worthy to hold the position again. That would be honorable. He's an elected public official that made a terrible decision that endangered the lives of every man, woman, and child on the road when he was driving drunk.

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Feb-13-13 11:11 AM

I meant to say A or B...I didnt insinuate both. Again..****e on people..just call a cab...or..most people dont drink your buddy a cab and pay the $15 if needed. .08 is basically smelling a beer...dont roll the isnt worth it.

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Feb-13-13 11:37 AM

Anyone know which attorney he retained?

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Feb-13-13 12:40 PM

he is just a human being like the rest of us, we all make mistakes, and we all have lapse in judgement, should it matter that he is a counilman ,i don't know him personally but i am sure he regret's his mistake so i say forgive and forget!

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Feb-13-13 12:57 PM

It's a law and nobody's perfect. Why is the message board making a big deal out of it? We all are encouraged to do a little more when influenced. Why he has INFLUENCE ARMOR because he works for Vienna?

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Feb-13-13 1:22 PM

Why do Bad Things happen to Good People????????

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Feb-13-13 1:27 PM

Oh, by the way, CUDOS to the Deputy Sherrif for doing his job properly and Double CUDOS for not turning your head to this Knuckleheads misbehavior.

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Feb-13-13 2:30 PM

maybe you mean 'kudos'...

just being observant

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