UPDATED: Former BSL mayoral candidate arrested
By Dwayne Bremer
Oct 15, 2013, 20:45
Mike Weems, former Bay High baseball coach and candidate for Bay St. Louis mayor.
A man who came close to being the mayor of Bay St. Louis was arrested Monday after an alleged domestic violence incident at his home on Athletic Drive.
Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said Tuesday that Mike Weems, 44, was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence, a misdemeanor.
Weems lost out on the mayoral seat by less than 50 votes in 2009. Earlier this year, Weems ran for the office again, but was defeated by the incumbent mayor Les Fillingame by a wider margin.
Weems also ran for Hancock County District Three Supervisor in 2008 and was a long-time baseball coach at Bay High.
De Nardo said the victim, an adult female, came to the police department about 4:50 p.m. Monday to report the alleged assault.
"Officers took a statement from the victim who had obvious signs that she had been assaulted," De Nardo said. "After taking the statement, officers went to Mr. Weems' home on Athletic Drive and he was arrested without incident."
Municipal Judge George Lipscomb placed a 12-hour hold on Weems, who was transported to the Hancock County Jail, De Nardo said.
Weems was released on bond Tuesday morning.
His court date has been set for Oct. 23 in Bay St. Louis Municipal Court. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail.