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More tension in Shohola; family of supervisor feels threatened

May 16, 2012

It isn’t over yet in Shohola. For the last two years, tensions between two of the Shohola supervisors and a contingent of citizens who support Don and Nelia Wall flashed and sparked at every monthly township meeting.

Chairman of the Shohola Township Supervisors George Fluhr and supervisor Greg Hoeper fired Don Wall as the township zoning officer, and Nelia Wall as the township secretary/treasurer, in March 2010.

“It’s time for a change,” Fluhr said as the explanation, being gagged due to a grand jury investigation that was being conducted at that time.

Nelia Wall, who is the third supervisor, remained in her supervisor position.

The Walls are accused of several actions of conflict-of-interest and other alleged improprieties in carrying out the duties of their offices. However, once the investigation by the county grand jury brought evidence against the Walls that will lead to a criminal trial, which will be held in the near future, it appeared that the tensions subsided.

That apparently is not the case. Fluhr held up a substantial rock at the end of the May 10 meeting.

“This was thrown through my truck window last week,” Fluhr said. “Nothing was stolen even though some valuable items were clearly visible in the truck.”

Fluhr, saying that he wasn’t accusing anyone, indicated that it might have been caused by his philosophy of small government and lower taxes. Two years ago, at the time of the dismissal of the Walls, Fluhr said that glass shards were strewn in his driveway.

When he attempted to adjourn the meeting, the wife of fellow supervisor Hoeper took the floor and said that she was afraid for her safety and the safety of her family.

“This has to stop. I am tired of sleeping with a loaded gun,” said Lorraine Spinard. “My daughter has a 12-gauge shotgun by her bed. I want the township to provide security for my family.”

After the meeting, Spinard voiced concern for threats that she described as coming from some people she called the “Wallnuts” meaning the sometimes vociferous supporters of the two Walls.
Also, after the meeting, Fluhr said that he had heard that Hoeper’s wife and daughter had received threats. He could not describe the nature or source of these threats.

“I see all this as a result of what has been happening in the township over the last two years,” Fluhr said.