UPDATE: The drainage pipes have been removed, which meets the criteria for Mayor Goodnight to be released from custody
Menges sentences Goodnight indefinitely until access to courthouse is restored
Mayor Greg Goodnight got a shock Tuesday afternoon as Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers arrived in his office and took him into custody. On the order of Howard Superior Court I Judge William Menges, Goodnight was brought to court and summarily sentenced to the Howard County Jail on a charge of direct contempt of court.
During the hearing, Menges explained that the courthouse’s west entrance had been blocked, making it impossible for the county to transport “dangerous” prisoners to the court for a Friday hearing. Initially, the county determined that it would fill an area with gravel leading to the concrete pad so that the transports could be completed.
Goodnight had other plans.
In summary, Menges explained that an employee of E&B Paving placed 10 concrete drainage pipes at the entrance to the concrete pad, making it impossible for access. He did so on the order of John Pike, who was instructed by city engineer Carey Stranahan. Stranahan made the call after receiving a direct order from Goodnight to do so.
As a result, Menges held the mayor in direct contempt of court. Goodnight will remain in the Howard County Jail until such time that the drainage pipes are removed and access to the courthouse is restored.