Monday Miscellany: I wonder if the local bar has heard of Rule 4 plus Contractor Keith Marquar arrested again

The streets of Hancock County turned a bit meaner last month when former Sea Coast Echo Journalist Dwayne Bremer was sued in Federal Court along with a bevy of Diamondhead City Officials and community activists by former City Manager Clovis Reed. When I saw the news of the suit last Friday night my initial thought was sue Double D? Why in the hell sue Double D? Luckily for everyone I took a peek at the case via PACER and I found two things:

  1. I’m still wondering why in the hell Double D has been sued because I did not see any specific allegations against him in Reed’s complaint as he was simply lumped in with Tommy Scafer and the rest like he was a City official. It won’t take Perry Mason to get Dwayne out of Reed’s Section 1983 civil suit.
  2. How much money did or will Reed or his lawyer spend using a process server to  get the defendants their copy? Some defendants essentially waive service so a process server isn’t needed but with this many defendants I never understand why the local bar doesn’t use the Rule 4(d) waiver process more often. A defendant that waives service of a summons would certainly sign the Rule 4 Waiver and get a bit more time to respond while those that don’t get stuck for the cost of not playing nice.

Moving right along its beginning to look like all the chatter about multiple victims coming forward against local contractor Keith Marquar is the accurate assessment while public speculation that Marquar’s first arrest was somehow retaliation for his Civil Suit against the City of Bay St Louis evaporates. Geoff Belcher did a very good job for the Echo here: Continue reading “Monday Miscellany: I wonder if the local bar has heard of Rule 4 plus Contractor Keith Marquar arrested again”

Retaliation or Bad Work? Local businessman arrested, charged with False Pretense

Keith Marquar's Mugger via the Sea Coast Echo
Keith Marquar’s Mugger via HCSO and the Sea Coast Echo

Did everyone catch that local businessman Keith Marquar was arrested back on the 24th by the Hancock County Sheriff’s office? When I was told about it I immediately checked the Echo’s website but had no luck because, online at least, the story was buried. Luckily a good Samaritan sent me the link to the most popular story on the Sea Coast Echo’s website and that despite the fact it never appeared on the front page of the website that I could tell.

Even more interesting is the social media chatter locally, with public opinion seemingly split with a healthy percentage of those commenting  thinking the arrest is retaliation against Marquar for filing a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 lawsuit against the City of Bay St Louis, Mayor Mike Favre and former Councilman Lonnie Falgout. Such is a reasonable conclusion from reading Stacey Cato’s story because about two thirds of it rehashes Marquar’s civil suit against the City, which was filed last month in Federal court. The story also did not name the person who swore the complaint against Marquar, ostensibly because Don Bass of HCSO refused to name the lady, whose name did appear on Facebook.

Let’s imagine for a second that the Echo’s story were limited to Marquar’s arrest and included the name of his alleged victim. Continue reading “Retaliation or Bad Work? Local businessman arrested, charged with False Pretense”

Councilman Lonnie Falgout has released a statement regarding the incident with local businessman

As most of you are aware I have been and will continue to be a critic of the lack of code enforcement, ADA Compliance Laws, architectural protocol and controls by The City of Bay St. Louis’ Code Enforcement within our Bay St. Louis Building Department.

Since 2005 many governments, organizations and especially our citizens have been “bilked” out of hundreds of millions of dollars by unscrupulous “contractors and individuals” that promised “we’ll help your recovery” giving “trust me” assurances. We should have learned a valuable lesson! But unfortunately folks, the problem is still thriving and hurting our constituents. We as legislators from Jackson to local Council and Alderman board rooms must put in, enact and pass laws to protect our citizens. From simple jobs to building homes, our expectations must be of the highest standard of accountability for all. Constractors should be licensed, bonded, insured and in good standing or we will force them and prosecute according with our laws. We should not accept anything but quality work.

This “confrontation” with Keith Marquar of L&L (Marine) Construction is a “direct” result of many constituents and vendors complaints to me regarding L&L.

As for the aggression incident on January 24, 2017, I as a Councilman and/or as a private citizen, did not knowingly or willfully place my hands on Mr. Marquar as alleged. I have and will continue to consult with our City Attorney, Police Chief, City Prosecutor and my personal attorney on the options available to me as a Councilman and as a individual to resolve this matter within the justice system.