Mt. Vernon Mayor in Altercation
Monday, 01 March 2010

March 1--  Mount Vernon police say no charges have been filed regarding a fight between the town's mayor and the town of Milan's lone police officer.

A Mount Vernon police department incident report says the altercation took place last Wednesday morning between Mayor Joey Fountain and Levi Gilder.  The report by Sergeant Calvin Burns says the mayor went to the home of Gilder's mother at 352 East Broad Street.

The mayor told police he wanted to talk to Janis Gilder about a city sewer easement.  Her son came out of the house and later told police the mayor cursed him and threatened to have his mother's house torn down because it is sitting on a city sewage easement.  

Mayor Fountain's statement to police said Gilder pushed him and took a swing at him.  He said he tackled Gilder and they fell to the ground.  Mayor Fountain said he let him up with the assurance that no more punches would be thrown.

A witness told police the two talked for another 15 minutes or so after the alteraction and shook hands before the mayor departed. 

Gilder later sent an email to the Macon Telegraph saying he had suffered a broken shoulder and lacerations and would file criminal and civil charges. The mayor told the paper he did not assault Gilder, but admitted an incident did occur and that "I hate that it happened."

City councilman John Roller was quoted in the paper as saying Gilder has been to city council meetings with complaints in the past and he and the mayor have had differences of opinion.

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