St. Paul coach one of 12 busted for drinking at city park

St. Paul High School head football coach John L. Livengood was one of 12 people cited by Norwalk police Wednesday evening for alcohol-related offenses at Baines Park. The following people, whose addresses were not available, were issued misdemeanor citations for possessing or consuming an open container of beer or intoxicating liquor on city property: John L. Livengood, 41; Lawrence A. Fisher, 35; Emily J. Mira, 34; Jason T. Green, 26; Susan M. Caprara, 43; Anthony P. Caprara, 44; Bradley T. Clark, 25; Christopher N. Harkness, 40; Juliana M. Mapus, 24; Robert C. Wilkerson, 38; Kevin M. Hay, 29; and Steven C. Popke, 30.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

St. Paul High School head football coach John L. Livengood was one of 12 people cited by Norwalk police Wednesday evening for alcohol-related offenses at Baines Park.

The following people, whose addresses were not available, were issued misdemeanor citations for possessing or consuming an open container of beer or intoxicating liquor on city property: John L. Livengood, 41; Lawrence A. Fisher, 35; Emily J. Mira, 34; Jason T. Green, 26; Susan M. Caprara, 43; Anthony P. Caprara, 44; Bradley T. Clark, 25; Christopher N. Harkness, 40; Juliana M. Mapus, 24; Robert C. Wilkerson, 38; Kevin M. Hay, 29; and Steven C. Popke, 30.

"One of the things that have occurred through all the discussion of drinking in public parks is that drinking goes on after ball games at Baines Park," Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen said today, adding officers normally patrol there and have issued verbal warnings.

Drinking in public places has been a hot topic in city this summer, ever since Berry's Restaurant sought permission to serve alcohol in Bresson Park. Granting that request would have required the city change the city's ordinance to allow alcohol on public property under certain conditions. After much public outcry, the issue was defeated.

Cashen said city Park and Recreation Department staff have picked up empty cans on the hillside at Baines. "After talking with park and recreation, we decided to take a look and see what is going on," the chief added.

The citations issued Wednesday involve minor misdemeanor offenses carrying fines only, no jail time.

Livengood, who was at football practice today, could not be reached for comment, nor could Walt Klimaski, Norwalk Catholic School president.

One of the suspects cited Wednesday was Harkness, a Huron County probation officer from 1997 to 2004.

About 2004, investigators found no evidence that Harkness was involved in the misappropriation of $15,000 from the probation department, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. The prosecutor noted that Harkness may have been lax in supervising his secretary, who was later convicted of the crime.

Melinda "Mindy" S. Knoll, 43, of North Fairfield, was sentenced Oct. 9, 2005 to three years of probation for attempted tampering with evidence in the 2004 case.

"Everybody liked him," Leffler said about Harkness. "He was a football player. He tried out for the Bengals. He had a lot going for him."

Comments

Upstanding Citi...

kitty litter - I belive they number their menu items at McDonalds too.

Perspective - never implied that Upstanding citizens dont drink- just that if you are a civitian leader you would not expect to be granted special treatment just because you are a "good person" quite the oposite like Mr Livengood. I think you are under the impression that these people were targeted and made an example of - I think you would see the same were true if they were Jerry Springer mentality.

kittylitter (An...

T$Robinson....I maybe mistaken. The guy I'm thinking of was older than the age listed. Played second base. It was quite awhile ago. We played for Rienecks Tavern. Good dude. Pretty sure it wasn't Anthony though. Guess it dosen't really matter. This whole thing...throwing around names, and presumed character accusations, all the while remaing annonymous, in a public forum, hosted by a local paper with a long history of inept editorial leadership..seems a bit suspect to me.

johncock (Anonymous)

I believe your thinking of Gary, the guitar player. He left town. Don't think his wife was in theater or performing arts though.

re:mike jackson...

hi mike! just a thought-do you really think livengood won in the longrun?

T.M.C. (Anonymous)

I thought that I missed Norwalk, after moving out of the state about 20 months ago...but after reading all this, I realize that I don't miss it at all. Wow.

Mike Jackson (A...

I never said he won in the long run, I was making "light" of the situation by saying they could have at least reported his softball team WON that NIGHT.

eagle 1 (Anonymous)

Now as well as a day care center at NSP for athletes children, They can have their own chapter for AA too.

cut and paste p...

About 2007, investigators found no evidence that Mindy Knoll was involved in the misappropriation of empty cans on the hillside. "Everybody liked her," County Prosecutor Russel Lefler said. "she had a lot going on, attempted tampering, probation, she even tried out for the Bengaletts." Chief Kashen mentioned "One of the things that have occurred through all the discussion of drinking in public parks is that that Harkness was involved in the misappropriation of $15,000 from the probation department." "He was a football player who may have been lax in supervising his secretary." The suspect cited Wednesday, was instrumental in demonstrating to Walt Klimaski, Norwalk Catholic School president, what happens when you throw the ball. "After talking, we decided to take a look and see what is going on." High School head football coach John L. Livengood, who was at Berry's Restaurant, could not be reached for comment on Leflers scouting report, claiming Harkness was a football player with weak secretarial supervision skills.

eagle2 (Anonymous)

weak, very weak eagle1. People like you are an embarrassment to a hometown. I know the Eagles have their fair share of underage drinking and pregnancies. Grow up.

justamom (Anonymous)

Wow what a headline. So what if he got 'busted'? He's a human being just like everyone else listed in this article, but yet it has to be turned it into some kind of stupid scandal. Ridiculous. The Reflector doesn't seem to care about anyone's lives or reputations by what it chooses to print. I would hope that the community would realize this is a feeble attempt by the Reflector to trash someone's name. Shame on you. I hope the person who chose to create and use that headline is proud of themselves, as they must be without fault to point such a judgemental finger.

gas guzzler (An...

thank you Norwalk gas station owners !! you did lower your outragously overpriced gas this past week , and i do appreciate that .. now we are only paying 20 cents more per gallon , instead of the 30 cents we were paying a few weeks back ... again , thank you , but i will still continue to buy my gas outside of Norwalk , where the price is considerably lower, until you decide that you want to compete for my consumer dollar , by bringing your prices down to a competative level.. thanks you everyone who is also buying, their gas, outside of Norwalk ... we are making a difference

Dumbeck (Anonymous)

One of the things that have occurred through all the discussion of drinking in public parks is that that Harkness was involved in the misappropriation of $15,000 from the probation department. Nice.

treytimer (Anon...

The Aristocrats!

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