P'Pool downplays old disturbance complaint

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Republican running for attorney general
is downplaying a decade-old entry on a police log in which a caller
accuses him of causing a disturbance.
Todd P'Pool, campaigning as a tough-on-crime challenger to
incumbent Democrat Jack Conway, was mentioned in the call to
Madisonville police in 2001.
P'Pool on Tuesday described the incident as "a family
disagreement."
"I don't think it's relevant, but I don't want to be completely
dismissive," he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. "The
report, in my opinion, speaks for itself. We had a family
disagreement. It was resolved without incident. I discussed the
matter with police and went home."
The log lists P'Pool's aunt by marriage, Nita Smaldone, as the
caller. It gives no details about the nature of the disturbance at
her residence, and P'Pool declined to elaborate.
Smaldone said in a letter five years later that it involved "a
dispute over something very silly." Smaldone's telephone wasn't
accepting calls Tuesday and she didn't respond to email.
Madisonville Police Maj. Chris Taylor said the police log entry
on Aug. 29, 2001, obtained by The Associated Press under the
Kentucky open records law, is the only record of Smaldone's
complaint. He said the dispatching center has no recording of the
actual call, and that the investigating officer wrote up no
incident report.
"We don't usually do any type of report on a situation of this
nature," Taylor said.
P'Pool campaign manager David Ray said the log entry contains
only a phoned in accusation that police found didn't warrant any
action.
"This is not a police report," Ray said. "It's simply a
police department service request printout, which is something
that's created each and every time someone calls 911. It doesn't
matter if someone calls and says Big Foot's in the back yard. It
doesn't matter if they dial it on accident, prank call, a bogus
call."
The blotter entry notes that Smaldone alleged in the call that
P'Pool was "2304," which Taylor said is police code for being
intoxicated. P'Pool said Tuesday he wasn't intoxicated, which
should be clear from the fact that police didn't charge him.
P'Pool, 38, said past political opponents have tried use the
police call as campaign fodder without success.
"Typically, my opponents try to smear my character when they
start losing the race," he said.
P'Pool also said he and his aunt have remained close.
"She has supported my campaigns throughout the years," he
said. "We remain dear friends. We vacation together with our
families. She is very supportive."
The campaign provided the AP with the letter Smaldone wrote
during P'Pool's 2006 race for Hopkins County attorney.
""I deeply regret that this harmless event is being used to
attack Todd," she wrote at the time. "Anyone who knows Todd knows
that he is a good and decent man who loves his family and has
impeccable integrity."
The Conway campaign said police log is alarming.
"These revelations are disturbing and raise serious concerns
about our opponent's fitness to potentially serve as the state's
top law enforcement officer," said Conway spokeswoman Allison
Haley.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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