Thursday, February 11, 2010

Driving Dram

The best I can reconstruct from the available web archive...

A somewhat positive article about the "Hot Spot" nightclub in Centerville, Iowa appeared in the Daily Iowegian on April 28, 2006 and in their front page report about City Council actions, the paper noted that renewal of the bar's liquor license had been tabled on May 3, 2006.

This was done so the Council could receive more information after it was reported, the "Hot Spot" had been the scene of 51 police calls, "Gordie's Bar" had 45 and another local establishment had been the scene for 31, more.

A few days later, after hearing from the Hot Spot's owners, their liquor license was renewed with conditions.

On September 2, Karl "Dan" Ehl, the managing editor of the Iowegian was in Gordie's with a couple of British journalists, when the owner of the Hot Spot, Wade Adams became verbally abusive and in an altercation over the May article, knocked Ehl unconscious.

Now, three and half years later with the criminal proceedings complete, after Adams and his accomplice have been paroled on their five year sentences, Ehl has filed suit against Gordie's Bar under Iowa's "Dram Shop" law because they continued to serve Mr. Adams and his friend, ignoring the evidence that they were already intoxicated.

Update: Mr. Ehl lost his case.
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