GBI ends probe of Roberta City Hall clash, new fight investigation underway

lfabian@macon.comApril 15, 2014 

Less than a month after Roberta’s police chief and the mayor’s husband scuffled at City Hall, the city clerk and a former city councilman came to blows Friday.

Police Chief Benjamin Thomas said there were no witnesses to last week’s fight between former Councilman Wincel Thaxton and City Clerk Vicki Grant.

“Each one has conflicting statements,” Thomas said.

Thaxton frequently visits City Hall and apparently was talking about something that Grant didn’t want to hear, Thomas said after interviewing both parties.

They argued, tensions flared and things got physical.

“I think she said something he really didn’t like, and it just got uglier from there,” Thomas said.

Grant said Thaxton grabbed her by the throat, hit her and sent her eyeglasses flying.

She fought back, sending him into the rose bushes in front of the building, Thomas said.

Thaxton, who could not be reached for comment, sustained scratches on his arm, and Grant had some marks on her face when Thomas arrived.

Neither suffered serious injury, he said.

Thomas is still investigating, but a pre-warrant hearing is scheduled for April 22 in Magistrate Court to discuss the incident before a judge to determine if any charges will be filed.

In the March 15 dustup with Thomas and the mayor’s husband, Jack Smith, the GBI has completed its investigation, said J.T. Ricketson, special agent in charge of the Perry office.

The District Attorney’s Office is now reviewing the GBI’s information, said Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Bobbitt.

A decision will be made later this month about whether charges will be filed in that incident.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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