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UPDATE: Pair arrested on drug charges; connected to Park Place Bar investigation

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Published: Aug. 8, 2017 at 7:41 PM EDT
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UPDATE 8/29/17 @ 11:30 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two people face drug charges in connection with a West Side investigation.

Jeri Duckwiler and Sandy Guthrie are charged with possession.

Charleston police say both of them sold crack cocaine to an informant in May.

Officers say the pair is connected to the investigation involving Park Place Bar on the West Side.

That bar was shut down earlier this month after a raid.


UPDATE 8/16/17 @ 6:05 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bar police say was "ground zero" for crime and drugs on Charleston's west side has surrender their liquor license.

The Park Place Bar will now longer be able to sell alcohol.

The bar's license has been suspended after multiple people were arrested after a raid earlier this month.

The bar owner and manager are both facing charges of unlawful acts of licensees.

Park Place Bar will have to reapply for a new liquor license if they ever want to see liquor there again.

The bar is a familiar place for police. In 2014 it was raided four times in just six months. Police said at the time the raids were the result of complaints from neighbors.


UPDATE 8/10/17 @ 3:25 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police have made another arrest in connection to a bar shut down on the west side.

Joseph Bryant, 60, is charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine.

He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on Thursday afternoon.

A total of ten people have now been arrested in connection with the raid, including two who were picked up at the bar on outstanding warrants.

Lt. Steve Cooper said Wednesday that Park Place bar was a "very well-run criminal enterprise."

On Wednesday, the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration suspended the liquor license for the bar.

According to a criminal complaint the bar's owner Steve Fisher, 60 of Charleston, is facing 15 misdemeanor charges of unlawful acts of licensees. The bar manager is also facing the same charges.

More arrests are expected.

The bar is a familiar place for police. In 2014 it was raided four times in just six months. Police said at the time the raids were the result of complaints from neighbors.


UPDATE 8/9/17 @ 6:30 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The liquor license of a West Side bar where several people were arrested Tuesday in a raid has been suspended, the state ABCA reports.

A total of nine people have now been arrested in connection with the raid, including two who were picked up at the bar on outstanding warrants.

Lt. Steve Cooper said Wednesday that the bar was a "very well-run criminal enterprise."

A spokesman with the ABCA released the following statement about Park Place Bar Tuesday:

"ABCA Commissioner Fred Wooton took swift action today by suspending the ABCA license at Park Place on Charleston’s West Side. The ABCA is working with the Charleston Police Department (CPD) and the investigation is ongoing. At the present time, it is alleged that CPD found and seized illegal drugs inside the Licensees licensed premises. In addition to several arrests, initial reports indicate that owner of Park Place was arrested."

Wooton said, “While the investigation is ongoing and the ABCA may take further administrative action, the ABCA is sending a strong message that illegal drugs and other illegal activity will not be tolerated at any ABCA licensed establishment.”


UPDATE 8/9/17 @ 12:23 a.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Several people are facing charges after a raid at a bar on Tuesday evening including the owner of the bar.

The raid happened at Park Place Bar on Charleston's West Side.

According to a criminal complaint the bar's owner Steve Fisher, 60 of Charleston, is facing 15 misdemeanor charges of unlawful acts of licensees. The bar manager is also facing the same charges.

According to the report from May 3, 2017 through August 7, 2017 a confidential informant working for the Charleston Police Department Special Enforcement Unit conducted controlled deliveries of beer believed to be stolen to the Park Place Bar. The complaint says that the confidential informant was paid cash, less than retail value, for each of the deliveries in exchange for the beer.

Two other people were arrested as a result of Tuesday night's raid. Francis Foye, 34 of Charleston, is charged with possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine. The criminal complaint states that Foye sold crack cocaine to a confidential informant working for the Charleston Police Department Special Enforcement Unit. The exchange happened on July 12. Foye was picked up on the warrant for his arrest Tuesday.

Also charged Tuesday night is James Townsend, Jr., 39 of Charleston, is charged with six counts of possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine.

Another woman was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor with having pot in her possession during the raid.

More charges are expected as a result of Tuesday evening's raid that is a part of a long-term drug investigation.

Assistant Kanahwa County Prosecutor Maryclaire Akers told a magistrate during the arraignments Tuesday evening that a ball of crack cocaine was found on the bar's pool table.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster told WSAZ on the scene Tuesday evening that the bar was "ground zero" for crime and drugs on Charleston's west side.

More arrests are expected.

The bar is a familiar place for police. In 2014 it was raided four times in just six months. Police said at the time the raids were the result of complaints from neighbors.


ORIGINAL STORY

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Charleston Police have several people detained at a bar on the city's West Side.

According to WSAZ's Nathan Takitch who is at the scene, Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster calls Park Place Bar "Ground Zero" for the drug problem in that part of the city.

According to witnesses, people inside the bar were taken out in handcuffs.

Police say they came armed with warrants for the arrests of people who are known to frequent the bar and those who work there.

Just before 8 p.m. Tuesday, four people were arrested.

Charleston police tell us, "A lot of the drugs were being dealt inside this location."

Park Place Bar is a place police are familiar with.

Over the last few years WSAZ has reported about raids at the bar.

In 2014 there were four raids by police in just a six month span.

In many cases the raids followed complaints from neighbors for various things.

In September, 2014 seven people were arrested after a raid at Park Place and charged with a number of things including illegal gaming.

The day after that raid in 2014 WSAZ talked to the bar's owner who was actually taken into custody in the raid Tuesday night.

In 2014 Steven Fisher said, "it's not the bar, and anybody that comes in this place will tell you that this bar, inside, is not the problem."

Fisher told us at the time that he felt his bar was singled out because of it's location on the west side of Charleston.

He said at the time he tried to keep the drug activity away from the sidewalk in front of the bar but there was only so much he could do.

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