No charges in trespass investigation
By Dwayne Bremer
May 12, 2014, 09:03
Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame said Tuesday that the city has completed its investigation into an incident at the city yard on April 21 and no further action will be taken.
"We have found that there is nothing to pursue," Fillingame said. "It was an unfortunate incident and I disagree with what went on."
Ward Six Councilman Lonnie Falgout, who was implicated in the investigation along with former mayoral candidate Jeff Harding, told the council that he did not have any ill intentions when he went into the city yard after hours.
"I went under the auspices that something was wrong," Falgout said. "The whole thing lasted 37 seconds."
Fillingame defended the investigation saying it appeared that something amiss was going on.
"The video spoke for itself," Fillingame said.
Fillingame said that despite the investigation being over, he felt the city yard needed to be secure at all times.
The city yard is open on business days from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is also accessible through a back door at the city council chambers.
Since the incident, the door is now being locked and signs have been posted saying only public works employees are allowed in the yard.
"I think this has been a learning lesson for everyone," he said.
Falgout agreed that the city yard needed to be a secure area and reiterated that he did not do anything malicious.
"I take responsibility for my actions, but nothing wrong was done," he said.