“ ... Banks stated he is tired of the paper and he may just go in down there and he and a lot of people may not come out,” Broach’s report on the incident states.
Later Tuesday, Banks went to city hall, where he “asked if anyone wanted to buy some drugs” as he entered, according to a memo sent to Scott. Banks then stopped by the planning and zoning office, where he inquired about “how many families could live in his home at Third and Lexington,” and then became upset when told it was zoned as a single-family residence.
“Mr. Banks then said he is going to allow ‘a bunch’ of Mexicans to move into the house because he is going to make his neighbors purchase the property,” the memo states. “He said, ‘I will make them buy this property even if I have to start breaking out the windows.’”
None of Banks’ actions since his release have led to criminal charges. Nor do they appear to violate the conditions imposed on Banks when he bonded out of jail.
Fayette District Judge T. Bruce Bell reduced Banks’ bond from $10,000 full cash to $5,000 during a preliminary hearing on the trafficking charge on May 16. Bell also put Banks on electronic monitoring, but court documents show the monitoring requirement does not restrict Banks’ travel, impose a curfew or subject him to random drug testing; it only requires that he has no further violations of the law and report to pretrial services as ordered.
Banks’ behavior over the past 10 days has raised eyebrows and caution flags, even among those who have come to his defense in the past. Tim Montgomery, who has publicly supported Banks and served as his confidant, said their relationship has been “strained” since Banks was arrested on the trafficking charge.
“It’s difficult to be supportive of him right now,” Montgomery said Thursday. “He’s way too high profile.”
Though he called Banks’ recent actions “unnecessary” and “unfortunate,” Montgomery — a CPA, member of the Danville school board, chairman of the county Republican Party and one of the largest individual property owners in town — posted the property at 250 N. Third St. as bond so that Banks’ stepson, Robert D. Martin, could be released from jail on May 17.
Martin, 20, who lived at the North Third Street address, was indicted by a Boyle County grand jury in January for alleged possession of oxycontin and driving under the influence. According to the arrest citation, Danville Police Officer Pedro Lemos investigated a report of a man sleeping in a running vehicle at Banks’ address and arrived to find Martin passed out behind the wheel with the car in drive and his foot on the brake. After smelling marijuana, Lemos searched Martin and found 2 1⁄2 oxycontin tablets, the citation states. Martin then told Lemos he had snorted the other half a pill earlier in the night.
Regina Banks posted a $5,000 bond on Feb. 7 to get her son out of jail, but Martin was arrested again on Feb. 28 after a random drug screen tested positive for oxycontin, court records show. He remained in the Boyle County Detention Center until May 17, when he was bonded out with Montgomery’s help.
Martin is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Boyle Circuit Court on June 7, according to court records.
Montgomery said he signed his name to the bond form because Banks is buying the Third Street property from him on a land contract and he considers it Banks’ property even though he still holds the deed. Banks owes about $80,000 in the deal, but has made timely payments and made significant improvements to the home, Montgomery said.