BELLMONT, IL. (ECWd) -
Gary Lance, Mayor of Bellmont, Illinois, decided he didn't like village residents video taping him while allegedly committing a felony by using the village tractor to spread rock on his private property. He did this to have a place to park his boat and RV...at village expense.
We applaud the good citizens of Bellmont who spotted what they believed was a crime in progress and videotaped it. We also applaud their posting of the video on Facebook and YouTube explaining what the mayor was doing.
Lance filed a Motion for Stalking - No Contact Order in Wabash County Circuit Court against five village residents.
Mayor Lance complains that Jon King (a Village Trustee), Bill Eblen, Susan King, David King, and Amber Banks took video of him and put it on Facebook and YouTube. That they put a video of him scattering gravel in his yard and captioned it "A Tyrant Mayor" - and that a video was made after the Mayor locked the Trustees out of the building, and that someone videotaped a sign he put on the Village Hall.
Lance considers this stalking, but he seems to forget he is the Village Mayor and the video tapes are of his actions while serving as the Mayor and there is nothing he can do about it. It is a First Amendment protected activity, and even more so since it involves village business.
We predict the Plenary Order will get denied and relegated to the trash heap of history - making Lance look like a fool for even attempting it.