More than a dozen firefighters and Belmont city officials went to court Thursday in an effort to keep a city resident in jail until he can stand trial on charges he fired a gun at passing motorists, including the private vehicles of volunteer firefighters and a Belmont fire truck.
Michael Edward Wilson stands accused of shooting at at least four vehicles between July 28 and May 2, but his presence in the Belmont community goes back further. The South Point Road resident has filmed hundreds of encounters with drivers around his property since 2011 and posted them on YouTube for the world to see.
Assistant District Attorney Debbie Gulledge described the 60-year-old man as a "disagreeable fellow," and Wilson's own attorney, Cindy Letorney, described his relationship with the South Point Volunteer Fire Department as "some sort of a vendetta."
Belmont City Manager Adrian Miller didn't mince words when asked about Wilson's presence in the community.