Easton residents Bert Webbe and John Bromer pled not guilty to disorderly conduct charges at a hearing this morning at Bridgeport Superior Court. Both men are representing themselves.
The men sat silently looking forward as they awaited their turn to approach Judge Eddie Rodriguez to answer the charge. Easton resident Gowan Dacey accompanied them.
Courtroom A, where the hearing took place, was packed with defendants and attorneys, with people standing along the side wall. Mr. Webbe, first, then Mr. Bromer, entered their plea.
Mr. Webbe asked the judge to grant his motion for discovery, but Judge Rodriguez said a decision would have to wait until March 4, when the case would be continued in courtroom D.
Mr. Bromer’s case was also continued to March 4 in courtroom D.
The charges were lodged Dec. 6 when Mr. Webbe and Mr. Bromer allegedly disrupted a Board of Selectmen meeting. They were charged in separate incidents by Chief James Candee, who had attended the meeting to discuss the acquisition of police equipment via a state grant.
Chief Candee said the next day at Town Hall that the Dec. 6 meeting “appeared to get out of hand” and that Mr. Bromer’s and Mr. Webbe’s escalating hostile tone was out of bounds.
Neither Mr. Webbe nor Mr. Bromer would comment on the case.