Jefferson City Bar Owner Could be in Deep Water
Downtown business owners in Jefferson City felt something had to be done to keep downtown safe for shoppers. So they backed changes in the city's liquor control ordinance that went into effect in August. However the owner of Hollywood's, Fred Townson, says the ordinance unfairly targets his night club.
"There's African-Americans that attend here. I don't think they want this club downtown, High Street, I'm going to say that this time. There is no other place to have it."
The ordinance says patrons cannot have open containers outside a bar. Also, all window tint must be removed from the front of the establishment. Finally, bar owners may be held accountable for crimes committed within 50 feet of their property.
The city passed the ordinance in response to a shooting that occurred outside the same nightclub over Memorial Day weekend. Police say Townson could have his liquor license revoked.
"I think it's a monetary fine along with the suspension, or revocation, whatever the case may be," said Jefferson City Police Captain Jim Johnsen.
Police are investigating the shooting to see if they can pinpoint where the shot came from. All they have is a nine mm shell casing and a policeman in the vicinity who heard the shot. Police have no leads as to who fired the shot and they hope witnesses come forward with more information.