Monday, November 2, 2009

New name, same stuff


It was only a matter of time. And that time was Friday night, when a man police identified as Percy Lee Dudley Jr. allegedly fired shots inside and outside the former Cabaret West on Chestnut Street in Washington after an argument with other patrons. The bar was temporarily shut down in February after two men were shot to death there. District Attorney Steve Toprani wanted it closed permanently as a nuisance, but Washington County Judge Paul Pozonsky allowed it to reopen with certain restrictions, and owner Catherine Bayus said it would become an Italian restaurant known as Isabella’s. Well, you can change the name as often as you wish, but the place still seems to be attracting a certain criminal element, as evidenced by Friday’s events. Bayus laid the blame on Dudley’s probation officer and city police for “letting him walk around the city with guns in his pocket.” Does she really expect probation officers and policemen to provide 24-hour monitoring of everyone who's out on parole? That's ridiculous. My thinking is that Toprani was correct in the first place, and if someone else gets shot to death there in the future, it’s on Pozonsky’s head.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since it's now an Italian restaurant, maybe he took special inspiration from the scene in "The Godfather" where Michael finishes off Solozzo and McCluskey over their lasagna...

--Brad Hundt

November 2, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous x anonymous said...

You know Brant it's up to the people in the community to shut down places like this.

If the place didn't have enough revenue to keep the doors open, then it would have to close right? You say, or might think that there is a crimianl element keeping the doors open. If enough heat is brought to this problem, even they can't cook the books good enough to keep the doors open.

Bayus laid the blame on Dudley’s probation officer and city police for “letting him walk around the city with guns in his pocket.” Does she really expect probation officers and policemen to provide 24-hour monitoring of everyone who's out on parole?

That is what a probation officer is. A 24 hr / 7 day a week adult babysitter. I wonder if his PO even did the home visits. How about a 3am call for a piss test?

November 4, 2009 at 12:27 AM  

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