Councilman Accused Of Threatening Repairman During Irene Outages

A councilman in a North Carolina city hit by Hurricane Irene has been accused of threatening an electricity repair worker because the councilman was angry about which neighborhoods were being restored first.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported Friday that the lineman filed a criminal complaint against Councilman Michael Brooks.

Joseph Bentley of the Elizabeth City Electric Department says Brooks threatened him Sunday as he was working to restore power.

Brooks admits confronting Bentley about the city's priorities, but denies using profanity or threatening to kill the city worker.

Brooks said he thought the city's power restoration choices were being driven by politics rather than where the most customers without power were located.

City Manager Rich Olson says power restoration efforts were driven by technical requirements.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    Strange how some are the first to lose power and the last to get it restored but pay the same utility rate as the special crowd.
  • by Nancy on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    What a jerk! I'm sick of politicians--even small-town ones!
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      by NC Resident on Sep 20, 2011 at 02:38 AM in reply to Nancy
      Me too Nancy...what a Jerk. Politicians are like lawyers...Liars for Hire.
  • by disgusted Location: enc on Sep 2, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    Why did this man not get out and help them instead of being so critical, the repairman are doing everything they can to help us. They need to be praised.
  • by NENC Observer Location: Edenton on Sep 2, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    Mr. Brooks thinks he is so very special and the world is out to get him...I hope they do not re-elect him as he thinks he is above the law..which with all he has gotten away with he appears to be...this is an example of someone who really needs to be just locked up before he gets away with killing someone..he hasn't been accused of that but if he is..he will get away with that too.
  • by Amra Location: Washington on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:23 AM
    When I read the title I was sure they were talking about a certain always angry Washington City Counselman.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM in reply to Amra
      About every city has one.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    I do believe this is the same Councilman that was charged in Virginia for forgery after he signed his wife's signature on a vehicle title to sell it before his divorce proceedings. Can't remember the outcome of the situation, but I'm sure he's the one involved. If I'm right, he has a criminal record & his most recent behavior shouldn't be a suprise. He & others like him that control & represent Elizabeth City are a big reason it's such a slime-hole place to live...
  • by Mortie Location: Paradise on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Let me guess ,,,
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      by WOW on Sep 2, 2011 at 09:21 AM in reply to Mortie
      Check..
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        by Native on Sep 2, 2011 at 11:17 AM in reply to WOW
        Haaaa Ha!!
  • by Devious on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Turn his power back off.
  • by Ha Location: Greenville on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    Its always driven by politics, why do you think the first wave of linesmen by passed everybody else and headed straight for the outbanks. To get electricity up and running for the labor day weekend. Politics drives everything.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    I just googled Elizabeth City town councilman....this will never go anywhere.....too bad.
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