NEWINGTON – A local resident was charged with breach of peace Tuesday night after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a Town Council meeting that included threatening to kill people, police said.
William Gardner, 52, showed up at 7 p.m. for the meeting and immediately became disruptive, police said. “He was loud and demanding to be heard and personally addressing council members during breaks,” Sgt. Christopher Perry said.
Gardner was upset about the contamination of property near his on Willard Avenue, Perry said. He wound up being escorted outside by an officer because of his behavior, Perry said. After he left, a person came forward and said they heard Gardner threaten to “kill people” as he entered the meeting, police said.
Officers found him and charged him with breach of peace, Perry said.
He was released on $5,000 bond and is expected to appear in New Britain Superior Court April 17.
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