Kenny’s on Main, 1300 N. Main St., could have its license pulled by the city after a few customers were charged in separate drunken driving crashes where two people were killed and seven people were injured, according to a story by the Journal Times.
The Public Safety and Licensing Committee voted Tuesday to recommend to the City Council that Kenneth R. Meyer, the owner of Kenny’s on Main, be brought in front of the committee for a due process hearing. The City Council would still need to approve the recommendation for the due process hearing to be held. The due process hearing would then turn the committee into a quasi judicial body where the city and the license holder could make its case.
Alderman Jeff Coe told Meyer at the meeting that the bar had been mentioned in several incident reports lately. Meyer told the committee that they check patrons’ identifications with a scanner, but it had stopped working that weekend, according to the story.
After one of the crashes, a man was charged with driving recklessly after he crashed the car he was driving into a tree going 85 to 90 mph, injuring all six people inside the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Roland Blade Jr., 29, of Racine, was charged with five counts of reckless driving, and five counts of intoxicated use of a vehicle-great bodily harm by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, June 23. Blade Jr. is being held on a $250,000 cash bond.
If convicted on all charges, Blade Jr. faces up to 80 years in prison and/or fined up to $175,000.
In the other crash, a Racine man was charged after he lost control of the SUV he was driving and crashing head-on into another car, which killed two men and injured another Sunday morning, according to a criminal complaint with the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.
Ramone Campbell, 30, of Racine, was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of hit and run-resulting in death, one count of hit and run – great bodily harm, reckless driving causing great bodily harm, felony hit and run-injury, reckless driving causing injury, and obstructing an officer. Campbell received a repeat offender enhancer on all nine charges due to having prior felony charges.
Campbell also admitted to drinking alcohol, using cocaine and smoking marijuana about 24-hours before the crash. If convicted on all charges, Campbell faces up to 229 years in prison and/or fined up to $282,000.
Both men had been drinking at Kenny’s on Main, according to the criminal complaints.
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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.
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