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Southbury Assistant Tax Collector Arrested

Assistant Tax Collector charged with assault after altercation with husband.

The Southbury Assistant Tax Collector was arrested Tuesday night after Southbury police responded to an incident of domestic violence at her home.

Lori A. Soden, 51, of 54 Jeremy Swamp Rd. in Southbury, was charged with disorderly conduct and 3rd degree assault on Tuesday at approximately 9:24 p.m. The victim in the altercation was listed as Soden’s husband, Michael, who was not arrested or injured, according to police reports.

Soden was released on $2,500 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court today, Wednesday, April 4.

Jay April 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
How about, Female arrested for domestic violence! Why is her job title so important...Did she steal money from the town? Then I would expected to see her job title! Quite trying to make a story larger than life and just report the news...Oh and isn't there "good news" you can report?
Todd Fox April 04, 2012 at 07:29 PM
If she wasn't stealing our taxes, her arrest really didn't have anything to do with her position with the town, now did it?
Patt Gallichotte April 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Great comments from both Jay and Todd. Why involve the town in a personal incident???
Daniel DeBlasio (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Thank you for your comments. This is not an attempt to involve the town in a personal incident. The Assistant Tax Collector is a public figure within the town and was recognized as such.
Long Time Resident April 04, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Dan you did the right thing. In this era of no responsibility the above comments show why 2 police officers in Newtown with "personal" problems were able to steal $200,000 of union funds and the tax collector in Oxford with "personal" problems was able to steal $600,000. How about the arrests of employees stealing from Region 15 activities funds a couple of years ago? When you take a job in a position of public trust and responsibility you take on the burden of sharing your personal life. No posters came on defending a town police officer who's personal arrest for domestic violence was blared in the press and he was relieved of duty until the court case was cleared, why not Jay, Todd, Patt? Character is a huge component in the position of Assistant Tax Collector in Southbury since that person is responsible for collecting over $40 million taxpayer dollars annually and a domestic violence case may be indicative of a larger "personal problem" that could eventually impact every taxpayer in the town. So Dan, if any more news releases come out telling us about the arrest of any town employees for domestic violence, theft, morality crimes, alcohol or drug crimes then the public needs to know about it, period. They checked their "personal lives" at the door when they took employment and decided to cash that town paycheck and accept town benefits. Hence the term "Public Servant"
jim stetson April 04, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Same headlines in neighboring towns within a few months. How ironic. In Southbury, the tax collector takes it out on her old man. While in Oxford, the tax collector takes it out of the till.
Todd Fox April 04, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I'm not defending Ms, Soden, although I certainly will not form any opinions on her character until the court makes a decision. A more appropropriate headline might have read Tax Collector Arrested in Domestic Violence Incident
Long Time Resident April 04, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I'll agree with you on the headline and yours is quite good. However, post of the week is Jim's below.
MyGoodPeople April 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
I think it would have been more appropriate to note her position in the body of the article but certainly not in the headline. And then to add your Breaking news tag come on! Quite tacky Dan.
Mark April 05, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I disagree. If the first selectman were in an altercation, then maybe your reasoning would make sense, but you're basically saying that every low-level employee in the public sector should have their personal problems displayed as breaking news. The text of the story is fine, but headlines require proportionality: Assistant Tax Collector isn't exactly President of the United States.
Michael Whitehouse April 05, 2012 at 11:34 AM
This is also the kind of story that tells the reader nothing at all. Was she beating him like a redheaded step child or did she slap him in the face for cheating on her and she called the cops. Simply reporting that an arrest occurred without any quotes from anyone involved the the kind of reporting that can seriously damage reputations leaving the innocent to spend years defending themselves. Whether that is the case here or not, I cannot know because there is no info.
GEG April 05, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Is this really breaking news?? I was expecting something about schools closing early, a bank robbery etc. It must have been a slow day in Southbury.
Todd Fox April 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Good point Michael Whitehouse. Our writers should take a lesson from the seamstresses. A "patch" that's done properly will never look like a rag.
Barbara Williams April 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM
the idea of a headline is to get you to read the article. it did its job
Todd Fox April 05, 2012 at 02:43 PM
SInce many people read only the headlines, a headline in a reputable newspaper will provide a brief, yet accurate, statement of the contents of the article.
Steve Singer April 05, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I appreciate the value of a relevant news story, but including the subject's home address is totally inappropriate and unprofessional, regardless of whether this information is a matter of public record. Would you appreciate your home address being made public for all to see? If so, please post your home address here.
Long Time Resident April 06, 2012 at 10:58 PM
This is also the type of story run in every newspaper, news channel and internet news site 100's of times every day. It is based on a news release from the police department. Unfortunately, the average Southbury Police press release doesn't tell residents anything and if we remember the complaints last year from the press that our PD didn't do any news releases, now they do them with little to no valuable information at all. No different than the daily DWI arrest reports where you get only the side of the cop writing the press release. The difference is different outlets try to "spice" up the release by quoting "Police Spokesman so and so..." who happened to be the fool who did nothing more than read the press release to the reporter.

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