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Raleigh planning director settles assault complaint

Posted August 15, 2013

Raleigh City Planning Director Mitch Silver
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— An assault complaint filed by a Raleigh city official against a woman who he said punched him after a public meeting has been settled out of court.

Planning director Mitchell Silver released a statement Thursday saying Lillian Thompson acknowledged during mediation that she punched Silver and apologized. Previously, Thompson said she had only tapped him on the shoulder during a conversation.

According to the statement, Thompson will pay a $60 fine and has agreed to “act in a professional manner in all city-related matters.”

Thompson approached Silver following a meeting about rezoning a tract of land at the corner of New Hope and Buffaloe roads in north Raleigh to make way for a Sheetz gas station.


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  • my2cents-justsaying Aug 19, 2013

    Hmmm...I always thought what happens in mediation is supposed to be confidential...

  • 007 - GranCo - Forever Aug 16, 2013

    Wait...the cashier had a wut???


  • LastSon1981 Aug 16, 2013

    So is there going to be a sheetz there or not? I just went to the one on 64 heading to Wendell for the first time the other day and got a blt and a peanut butter filled chocolate donut. Not to mention the cashier had a donkey that place is awesome.

  • districtcadvocate Aug 15, 2013

    I am glad this dust-up has been settled. I think both parties regret the issue was picked up by the media. Must have been a very very very very slow newsday.

  • concreteman Aug 15, 2013

    Maybe some of you who are commenting should know something about the position. He is a city employee, not an elected or appointed offical!

  • Bartmeister Aug 15, 2013

    Grown kids............

  • archmaker Aug 15, 2013

    first of all, she has admitted that it was not a tap and that she punched him.

    second, if she didn't like the sheetz outcome and disagrees with mitch silver, then she should do what the walgreens developer did and live next to a city council member and contribute to his campaign.

  • kateyezkateyez Aug 15, 2013

    Ms. Thompson, you have a lot more class than anyone on that board. If he can't tell the difference between a tap and a punch, makes you wonder what else he can't tell the difference between. If you can run for his position, I'd vote for you. Your slogan, "This time, he'll really feel my punch!"