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Brunner free without bond

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Gazette staff
December 6, 2011
— Not guilty pleas were entered Monday for Janesville's former police chief and city council president accused of pushing a police officer through a screen door.

George Brunner, 2423 Stonefield Lane, Janesville, stood mute to charges of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct. No bond was set.


Brunner was the city council president until he resigned Nov. 9 as a result of the incident. He was first elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2011. His term expires in 2013. A special one-year term will be on the ballot this spring to replace Brunner.


Brunner retired as police chief in 2004.


He is accused of shoving and striking Janesville Police Department Lt. Keith Lawver on Nov. 4, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday. Lawver was responding to support a Rock County Child Protective Services worker in Brunner's home. The worker was talking to the mother of a 1-month-old baby about the baby's living conditions.


The mother refused to accept suggestions from police and the social worker, so the social worker took custody of the baby, according to the complaint. Brunner swore and threw a lamp during the discussion and, when the worker was leaving with the baby, charged into Lawver. He also locked his arms and legs in an attempt to avoid being handcuffed and placed in a squad car, according to the complaint.



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