City, mayor sued in federal court

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM.

On Dec. 9, the lawsuit alleges, Lynne Carr arrived at work to find Port St. Joe police officers David Garner and Jake Richards present along with her husband. The two officers, the lawsuit details, were in uniform and gave no indication they were off-duty, according to the complaint.

Lynne Carr alleged that her husband stood without speaking beyond a greeting, showing a gun holstered at his side.

She was terminated from the businesses and was ordered to turn over all items related to the business, including her personal vehicle.

The lawsuit contends that Lynne Carr advised both officers the car was subject to the divorce proceedings and was back at her Mexico Beach residence.

She was threatened with arrest if she did not immediately retrieve and return the vehicle, the complaint details.

Garner, Lynne Carr alleged, called her while she was cleaning out the vehicle in Mexico Beach to say if she did not hurry he would report the vehicle stolen.

When she returned with the vehicle, Richards approached with a K-9 dog. He stated that searches had already been performed at the businesses, with Billy Carr’s consent, and instructed Lynne Carr to remain still while leading the sniffing dog around her.

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