ONLY ON 3: Belville mayor, commissioner could be headed toward truce
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A criminal case between Belville’s mayor and a town commissioner was continued today, but both men say they just want to move on.
“If I’m given no option, I will go to court, and I will defend myself given no option. I would rather not. I would much rather he took the manly and proper thing to do and drop the charges, so we can move forward in a progressive fashion,” Belville Commissioner Joe Breault said.
Breault says he tried to handle a disagreement with Mayor Jack Batson privately, but the mayor pressed charges. Breault says he knows the e-mail he sent Batson was not worded in the best way, but he is not apologizing for sticking up for himself and others.
“I’m a very up-front and direct person,” Breault said. “If I have an issue, I will bring it to your attention. I went behind the doors and said, ‘Jack, if you’ve got a problem, let’s work it out between us.’ Every single time that I did that, he agreed that he would do it, and then he’d go around and stab us in the back or do something off the wall.”
Breault says Batson has told multiple people that he was planning on dropping the cyberstalking and communicating threat charges against Breault, but that has not happened yet.
We spoke with Batson by phone Thursday. He said he has gone back and forth on dropping the charges, but hasn’t made a definite decision.
A judge continued the case today, because Batson could not be in court. If the charges are not dropped, Breault and Batson are due back in court May 25.
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