By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer
The Kokomo Police Drug Task Force raided two Kokomo strip clubs shortly before 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Police and Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann declined to discuss the reasons for the raids, which involved about a dozen officers.
Both Big Daddy’s Show Club, 1503 Davis Road, and Little Daddy’s Show Club, 1527 Home Ave., were targeted in the raids.
Both clubs are owned by Kokomo businessman Dan Dumoulin II, who didn’t immediately return a message left on his cellphone Wednesday. A message left for Dumoulin’s mother, Joan Dumoulin, who has done bookkeeping and other work for the clubs in the past, also went unreturned.
KPD Detective Tonda Cockrell said warrants for both businesses were issued out of Howard Superior Court 1 Wednesday. McCann said the warrants were sealed by Judge William Menges.
State excise police have issued violations against both strip clubs in the past two years.
In 2011, excise investigated a complaint of prostitution and drug use at Little Daddy’s. According to a notice of violation filed by the state in December 2011, excise officers said they saw a dancer smoke marijuana in the main room of the bar, had another dancer offer them sexual favors, saw one dancer disappear into a private room with a patron for 30 minutes, saw a man being served who was so intoxicated he’d urinated on himself and found used condoms in the bathroom and in the private room at Little Daddy’s. Dumoulin paid a $1,150 fine in February 2012 in that case.
In a separate investigation from October 2011, Dumoulin was cited for selling customers beer advertised as a premium brand when he was in fact serving them Keystone Light, a budget brand. He paid $550 in fines to settle those allegations.
Last month, the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Board split 2-2 on whether to renew Little Daddy’s liquor license, making it necessary for the state Alcohol & Tobacco Commission to review the renewal application. Last week, the ATC board voted to table the Little Daddy’s renewal.
A group of local ministers circulated a petition against Dumoulin’s strip clubs last fall, gathering over 500 signatures. Partly due to the petitions, Kokomo city officials prevailed on Dumoulin to cover over silhouettes of women on the lighted billboard at both locations.
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