Jun 29, 2010 7:10 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Fountain City Councilmember Harold Thompson will not face Third Degree Assault charges, according to 11th Judicial District Attorney Thom LeDoux.
An argument over a medical marijuana ordinance escalated during a June 8 council meeting, and during a recess.
Al Lender told News First 5 in an interview earlier this month he wanted to grow medical marijuana on his property, but the new ordinance will not allow him to do that. He went on to say that he told Councilmember Harold Thompson at that June 8 meeting, "You just took my property rights away, you [expletive]."
During the recess, Thompson and Lender had more arguments, and Thompson held Lender back with his arm. According to Thompson, he inadvertently struck Lender in the face with his arm. The District Attorney agrees, and will not press criminal charges.
Thompson and Lender did not return calls to News First 5 to comment on the outcome of the investigation.
Fountain Police say both Thompson and City Councilmember Lois Landgraf have filed protection orders against Lender. He has to stay ten feet away from both councilmembers, including when he goes to city council meetings.