Police: Longley not removing political signs, won't be charged
Morrill — The Waldo County Sheriff's Office confirmed there was a complaint about a candidate for probate judge moving political signs Sunday night, Nov. 4, but that the complaint would not result in charges.
Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said Susan Longley, D-Liberty, was the subject of a complaint the WCSO received. The complainant stated Longley was moving political signs, specifically, "No on Question 1" signs in Morrill, but Trafton said a police investigation revealed Longley was not engaged in such an act.
"Somebody's playing really dirty politics," said Trafton Monday afternoon, noting that many local news organizations have received tips regarding the unfounded complaint.
Trafton said the sheriff's office received the complaint just before 9 p.m., and when officers arrived, Longley said she was moving some signs so that her own campaign signs would be more visible. After some additional discussion with the responding officer, Trafton said Longley decided to move her own signs rather than reposition others.
Trafton said WCSO plans to finalize the report on that complaint later Monday night and would not be lodging any charges against Longley in connection with the incident. Trafton said, in addition, that the Waldo County District Attorney's office has declined to press charges in the matter because the police investigation revealed Longley was not removing any signs.
Longley said she was moving the "No on Question 1" sign forward, so it would not obstruct her own sign. She said she noticed the obstructing sign because she drives by the area on a daily basis.
The "No on Question 1" sign was placed back in its former location and Longley said she moved her own sign to a different location.
Ben Holbrook contributed reporting to this story.