ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Glenn Priolo told to cut it out by KPD after creepy confrontations
KINGSTON- What began with a sentence in a KJ.com story ended with the filing of two police reports yesterday as the actions of jilted Kingston-resident Glenn Priolo, and the words of Priolo-associate Pat Kelleher, sent the Journal to the cops.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, Priolo knocked on the front door of the Randall homestead on Winter Street and demanded to speak with KingstonJournal.com News Editor Bradford Randall.
Bradford, who is still recovering from major surgery, slept as Priolo was sent away by the only other family member home at the time- Bradford’s mother.
Immediately after the incident, the Journal’s news editor was informed of Priolo’s visit and subsequently noticed a missed call from Pat Kelleher.
When Kelleher’s call was returned later that day, he told the Journal that Priolo was upset about having been mentioned in a KingstonJournal.com feature story entitled “Taking Down Joe Casna: Easier Said Than Done?”
“He wants to give you an attitude adjustment,” Kelleher told the Journal’s news editor when explaining why Priolo had shown up unannounced.
Kelleher also stated that Priolo has a temper and called Priolo “a serious contender when he’s pissed off.”
Kelleher then predicted that Priolo would “come back looking for you” and told the Journal “don’t shoot the messenger” when the Journal’s news editor became agitated.
The conversation with Kelleher then ended roughly a minute later with Kelleher telling Bradford, “have your father call me.”
Within an hour of Kelleher’s statements, the Journal alerted the Kingston Police to the developing situation.
Officer Dowd, who was already familiar with Priolo, logged the incident and pledged to personally speak to Priolo.
Later that afternoon, former-Selectman Dennis Randall answered Kelleher’s request for communication and placed a phone call to Kelleher.
Kelleher answered but cut the conversation short, saying he would call back in several minutes.
Instead, several minutes later, BOS-candidate Dennis Randall received a call from Priolo himself.
“I have only one thing to say to you Glenn [Priolo],” Dennis said. “Come back on my property and I’ll have you arrested for trespassing.”
“You and your douche bag son can go fuck yourselves,” Priolo then screamed before hanging up.
Priolo achieved local notoriety after dumping concrete on the front lawn of the Kingston Town House in 2010 after a row with state and local officials over repairs along Route 27, where Priolo lives.
“The town obviously didn’t care how my front yard was,” Priolo told NBC’s Boston affiliate. “So I figured theirs could be the same.”
In that same story, then-Selectman Dennis Randall was quoted as calling Priolo’s concrete dumping “a temper tantrum,” further saying “it’s not the way we do business in this town.”
Soon after, the Board of Selectmen (BOS) released a statement defending the construction process along Route 27, while admitting budget shortfalls had caused timely setbacks.
In the days after that BOS statement in 2010, Randall received a call from Kelleher saying he was “dead in this town.”
That summer, Priolo turned his frustration into imagery with a mural adorning a black van on the front lawn of his Pembroke Street home.
The mural, which included caricatures of the BOS and former-Town Administrator Jill Myers, is no longer visible at Priolo’s residence.
In 2011, Priolo ran for selectman and received 201 votes placing him sixth among a seven-candidate field.
It was that vote total which inspired a reference to Priolo’s 2011 BOS bid in the Journal during an article predicting the impact that Sam Cappola’s campaign (or lack thereof) will have on the outcome of a battle for votes among Joe Casna and Elaine Fiore.
The article, which allegedly enraged Priolo, predicted that Cappola could tilt the election in Casna’s favor with a 300-400 vote showing but “if Cappola…completely embarrasses himself with a Glenn Priolo-like showing…Fiore is still in the game.”
KingstonJournal.com has decided to release a statement this afternoon relating to Priolo’s harassment, and it reads…
“KingstonJournal.com will make any corrections necessary but the Journal will not be deterred by threats, intimidation or harassment in our reporting of the news or in our assessments of unfolding events. A free press should never be made to feel threatened when writing about public figures and it is with that in mind that we inform the public of the events that transpired on Friday, March 29, 2013.”