Hooka Lounge keeps police busy
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#1 Oct 3, 2010
A.F. man arrested for allegedly pointing rifle at others after dispute.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 11:51 pm
By Journal staff | 0 comments
POCATELLOPolice arrested a 20-year-old American Falls man for allegedly pointing a rifle at individuals outside a Center Street establishment that officers are becoming all too familiar with.
Ricardo Rodriguez was charged with aggravated assault for an incident that began with him getting into a verbal dispute with three to four individuals inside the Hooka Lounge, 327 E. Center St., early Saturday morning.
Rodriguez and the individuals he was arguing with took their dispute outside the business at which point he retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and allegedly pointed it at them. The individuals contacted Pocatello police, prompting Rodriguez to take off on foot. Police received the 911 call around 2 a.m. and took Rodriguez into custody without incident a couple minutes later.
Lt. Cliff Kelley of the Pocatello Police Department said the individuals who reported the incident were in fear for their safety and thought (Rodriguez) was going to shoot them."
Police said they later found out the rifle was not loaded when Rodriguez had pointed it at the individuals.
Rodriguez is currently being held at Bannock County Jail. His bond will be set Monday.
Police said they frequently respond to disputes and disturbances at or outside the Hooka Lounge, which offers patrons flavored tobacco for smoking on premises and stays open till 4 a.m.
Police said once the bars close at 2 a.m. their patrons often visit the Hooka Lounge for a smoke before heading home.
Officers had already been called to the Hooka Lounge area of East Center twice Friday night/Saturday morning for unrelated disputes prior to Rodriguezs gun incident. Police said theyre consistently responding to at least three calls per weekend inside or outside the establishment.
Its causing us much grief, Lt. Kelley said.
So my question is, Why does the city not rstrict this establishment using some type of a nuisance clause, the police have more pressing issues than having officers there numerous times per night.
#2 Oct 5, 2010
U can come and ask the costumers who always here about police calls they will tell you that it is not every night, but it happen when we really need to. But to solve that problem we are going to start closing at 2 am with the bars so there will be no issues anymore.
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