ST. MARTINVILLE — The city of St. Martinville’s legal counsel will be in court this morning to present a request for an injunction against Lawrence “Nanny” Mitchell, husband of Mayor Melinda Mitchell, to 16th Judicial Court Judge Lewis Pitman.
The city council ordered Legal Counsel Allan Durand to seek the injunction during a special council meeting Thursday to address Mr. Mitchell’s constant harassment and interference with city workers.
The injunction seeks to prevent Mitchell from interacting with any city employee with the exception of his wife. It also seeks to ban him from all city buildings and property, except for family events at the city’s parks.
According to the five affidavits from city employees to be sent along with the request, Mitchell has used abusive language, intimidated workers and interfered with their work at the city’s Public Works barn, at City Hall and while workers have been on site handling issues for customers on city streets.
In at least two of the affidavits, Mitchell is claimed to have cursed and yelled at city councilmen. Mayor Pro Tem Craig Prosper filed one of the affidavits, recounting his contact with Mitchell after Mitchell threatened to kill him during a phone conversation. Mitchell was using Police Chief Ricky Martin’s phone and standing in front of Martin when he made the threat.
In another affidavit, Public Works Superintendent Brian Touchet recounted how Mitchell accosted him at City Hall Thursday morning. District 3 Councilman Dennis Paul Williams got between Mitchell and Touchet to try to defuse the situation, but Mitchell kept “bumping” Williams.
“Mitchell then cursed Williams and kept bumping him to get to me,” Touchet said. “I was very concerned that he was about to hit Councilman Williams. The Chief of Police came out of the police station and pulled Mitchell away.”
The court session is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the St. Martinville Courthouse on Main Street.