Former Gantt mayor arrested, again

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 11, 2014

Former Gantt mayor Thomas L. Glidewell has been charged with harassment and trespassing for the second time in as many months, with both sets of charges stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred on the same property.0529-glidewell-thomas-mug

In fact, according to Gantt Chief of Police Wesley Snodgrass, this latest arrest marks, “more than a dozen times over the last four years” that law enforcement has gotten involved with situations stemming from the now 80-year-old allegedly trespassing and harassing the same neighbor.

Glidewell’s latest arrest came when he turned himself into authorities in Gantt Wednesday after allegedly trespassing on the neighbor’s land and grabbing a female subject.

“He’s accused of walking up on the neighbor’s front porch and taking a female by the arm,” Snodgrass said. “It’s unclear whether he was trying to get her attention or what exactly he was trying to do. She didn’t see him coming. She snatched away and ran inside the home.”

Snodgrass said Glidewell turned himself in to Assistant Chief of Police Kevin Norris Wednesday after being advised by officials that he once again had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Prior to Wednesday’s incident, Glidwell’s most recent arrest was in late May, when he was also accused of trespassing on the same neighbor’s property and peering through a window at a female inside the home. Glidewell was charged with misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor criminal trespassing in relation to the incident after, Snodgrass said, the neighbor produced photographic evidence of the offense.

Following his most recent arrest Wednesday, Glidewell was charged with criminal trespassing III and harassment. He was booked into the Covington County Jail, where he was later released on a $1,000 bond.