Veteran radio traffic reporter Joe McConnell has agreed to pay a fine to settle a petty theft charge that he stole a political lawn sign placed by a Burlingame City Council candidate.
McConnell’s wife headed the campaign of candidate Jerry Deal, who defeated incumbent Russ Cohen in Tuesday’s election. McConnell, who does traffic reports for several stations including KGO-AM and KQED-FM, was accused of stealing two signs for a third candidate, Gene Condon. Condon claims to have caught McConnell on tape in a sting operation to find out who was stealing his signs. McConnell previously told the San Mateo County Times he had removed one of the signs because Condon’s signs “are a blight on the neighborhood, just as he would be a blight on City Council.”