Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 1, 2013

Social license renewal put on hold

Nightclub has pending excise cases

By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer

Kokomo — A liquor license renewal for The Social Experience nightclub was put on hold Thursday, as the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board awaits the outcome of pending excise actions.

The local liquor board is hoping two violations pending against the club will be resolved by the time the board meets again April 25.

Kokomo police arrested underage drinkers on club premises twice last fall, including a September incident when police said three 16-year-old girls were drinking inside the club.

In December, police arrested another three individuals at the club, including a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old.

Both of the males were arrested on charges of intimidation, disorderly conduct, illegal consumption and minor in a tavern. According to the excise report on the incident, the males claimed they were associated with Mexican drug cartels, and threatened the arresting officers.

A 22-year-old man with the two teenagers was arrested for public intoxication and intimidation.

Club employees reported the underage girls to police in September, after a relative of one of the girls spotted the trio drinking inside the bar.

Cpl. Travis Thickstun, spokesman for the Indiana Excise Police, referred questions about the excise investigations to the excise unit’s special prosecutor, Jennifer Drewry. Drewry did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com.

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