UPDATE: Jacksonville Bar: Alcohol License Shouldn't Have Been Pulled

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

A business in Jacksonville that lost its license to sell alcohol after string of police reports says the police got it wrong.

A man speaking on behalf of the owner at 8 ball pizza in Jacksonville says they' re pulling the records to prove the Alcohol Law Enforcement agency did not get the right information from Jacksonville Police to justify the bar and pizza shop from losing it's license.

Eight Ball Pizza claims there are a number of traffic stops that just happen to pull in their parking lot and police calls that originate from people who don't associate with their business, but are just near it.

Police told us last week they've had too many calls of violent fights at the location, and they would not tolerate it any longer.

A Jacksonville business is the latest bar to have its alcohol permits suspended because of suspected criminal activity.

The state Alcoholic Beverage Commission has issued a "Last Call" suspension for Eight Ball Pizza on Western Boulevard.

Jacksonville police says the business is a public nuisance. In the last two years police say they have responded to the business more than 63 times, 49 of those within the past year. The latest was on January 5th when officers responded to a shooting and found a man in the parking lot had been beaten with an AK-47.

Thursday's action by the ABC board was the first "Last Call" for the year, and the 14th issued since the program began in 2009.

The suspension is immediate until the case is heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings.

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  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Jan 17, 2012 at 09:55 PM
    That one dude with the Goatee in BC takes himself WAAAAAYYYY too serious(FUNNY THOUGH).Man,Your just a civil servant,NOT BLACK OPS.ALE ,*palms face*
  • by Mad Boar Location: Jacksonville on Jan 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    I agree, Ducks has no security and a guy got killed in a fight, how come they still have a license? I have seen several fights there, but the chief isn't shutting Ducks down is he? Yaniero is the worst police chief this town has ever had. I know ALOT of the officers there,and most feel the same way, which is why a bunch left JPD and went to work on the base.
  • by Local guy Location: Jacksonville on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:43 AM
    The JPD is out of control. Chief Yaniero targets bars and nite clubs so he can "make the town safer". A man was killed at Ducks Bar and Grill, did they close them too....absolutely not because of who owns and frequents that bar. The police are paid to do a job out of tax money, and bars pay ALOT of taxes. There have been more murders in Jacksonville during Chief Yanieros tenure as police chief than any other time, several of which are unsolved, and he is worried about bars.....
  • by c-had Location: police state nc on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    Screw the ALE.They do little more than pester people and establishments with no result except for fines.
  • by Cd Location: Gville on Jan 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
    How many times did they get called to Wal-Mart in the last year?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2012 at 07:34 AM in reply to Cd
      What does your comment have to do with the ABC board pulling a Alcohol license? The State has no control over what goes on in Wal-Mart. Think before you type something on here. What is the State going to pull from Wal-Wart? Their Low prices? In which you benefit from just like any other American.
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        by Local guy on Jan 17, 2012 at 08:51 AM in reply to
        No, the state has no control over what goes on in walmart, but the "tool"the chief is using to take this license is "the number of calls for service."CD has a very valid point, I can guarantee there are more calls for service to walmart in a single month than 6 months at any bar. It's a sad society when a government agency can come in and shut down a business just because they feel like it. Not only that, but the ABC chairman was in prison many years ago for tax fraud ( He was well connected and got a pardon, but he still did several years in prison...FACT) This shut down of 8 balls was political, just like everything else in Jacksonville.
  • by Alpha Location: Lenoir on Jan 14, 2012 at 06:33 AM
    Well this is wonderful. Maybe they will start closing fast-food restaurants due to the "Heavy" crowds that they attract. I am so glad that we live in a socialist society were\as people are convicted or punished because of association versus actual criminal activity.
  • by broke on Jan 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    If you don't pay you don't stay.
  • by To OWS on Jan 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    Because they own the government...who just so happens to own the police.
  • by Biker Dude Location: shady bar n grill on Jan 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    So when you do the math the cops were called a few times a month to this establishment. Of these times they went how many arrests were made? Sounds like ALE is working this horse from the wrong end. How many ABC violations did this place have? Did officers make any buys of narcotics? The ABC officers need to be able to explain why this place needs to close.
  • by Biker Dude Location: gun n knife club on Jan 13, 2012 at 10:50 AM
    Jacksonville has always been a rowdy bar town (old court street was a prime example) but not unlike a college town.
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