Spring Valley Mayor Jailed

According to Spring Valley Village Attorney Jerrod Miles Mayor Demeza Delhomme was jailed on Friday after state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Loehr found him to be in contempt of court. On Thursday Loehr ruled that Delhomme must follow a previous order to allow the village summer camp to be held at the Louis Kurtz Center, regardless of personnel issues that resulted from the mayor’s suspension of Youth Director Sonia Barton from her position. Loehr stated at the hearing that if the building wasn’t opened for the camp Delhomme would be arrested and jailed. About twenty children had been signed up for camp when Trustee Vilair Fonvil and former Clerk Sherry Scott arrived at 9:00 AM on Friday and several office doors remained locked, making the preparation difficult. Another hearing was held and Loehr ordered that Delhomme be placed in jail until he appropriately followed the order. Miles stated that they were shocked that the mayor was imprisoned for not unlocking doors. Dennis Lynch, attorney for three village trustees Fonvil, Emilia White, and Asher Grossman, stated that the mayor learned his lesson the hard way. Delhomme was still being held on Sunday and Deputy Mayor Anthony Leon will be filling in, in the meantime.

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