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Grand jury to review allegations against Huntington County official


A grand jury will convene tomorrow in Huntington Circuit Court to review criminal allegations against Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall.

The case is being handled by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler, serving as a special prosecutor in the investigation.

Officials declined to comment on the nature of the investigation, but one man called to testify said the allegations include unwanted advances toward women in his employ. Wall is president of T.D. Wall Inc., a business that has been in his family for more than 60 years.

Buddy Brennan said he worked for Wall part-time for about 12 years, repairing rental units and doing some maintenance work at a mobile home park Wall owns. Brennan said Wall told him that a woman who worked for him said he tried to kiss her.

Brennan's wife also did some bookkeeping work for Wall, after a series of young women who worked in his office kept quitting, Brennan said.

About a week after Wall told him about the allegations, Brennan's wife told her husband Wall got her drunk on Crown Royal while she was working in his mobile home office. When she left, she crashed her car within about 100 yards of the entrance, Brennan said.

Brennan said his wife could not remember anything that happened at the mobile home office, and even left her purse there. Police measured her blood-alcohol concentration at 0.18 percent, Brennan said.

"She ain't drank in 10 years," Brennan said. "She said, 'He just kept offering and offering.' "

Brennan said he spoke with Indiana State Police investigators and was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury Thursday.

Wall, the 3rd District county commissioner and president of the commissioners, is up for re-election in November and faces a challenger in Democrat Kenneth Zuk.

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