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Mayor’s husband accused of violating protective order

Posted: 5:03 PM, Jan 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-05 19:29:01-05

The husband of St. Martinville Mayor Melinda Mitchell is accused of violating a protective order.

Lawrence Mitchell, 48, was arrested Friday and booked into the St. Martin Parish Jail. He was released last night after posting a $2,000 bond.

Lawrence allegedly violated a protective order that St. Martinville District 2 Councilman Craig Prosper filed against him hours earlier.

According to the sheriff’s office, the mayor’s husband went to city hall shortly after the order was issued, which was in violation of the order being that city hall is Propser’s place of business.

This isn’t the first time Prosper and the couple have been at odds.

Last month, Lawrence and the councilman were both let off with a warning  following a hearing about a heated exchange between the two when the mayor’s husband called Prosper on his personal cell phone in the presence of St. Martinville Chief of Police Ricky Martin.

In October, Mayor Mitchell ended a council meeting early because, according to her, Prosper was out of order.

The mayor’s husband also made headlines in September when a city employee was arrested for allegedly moving a truck that belonged to him without permission. However, according to a judge, there was “no just cause for the employee’s arrest.”