Sunday, December 31, 2017

Parents file wrongful death lawsuit in death of daughter

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The parents of a woman who died Jan. 1, 2017, are suing the Fairbanks Police Department, the Alaska Department of Corrections and an Alaska nightclub for sharing blame in the death of their daughter.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Michaela Kitelinger died after she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and released on her own recognizance. She walked away from the Fairbanks Correctional Center about 6 a.m. She later was struck by a vehicle.

An autopsy revealed her blood-alcohol level was 0.157. The legal limit for driving is .08.

Kitelinger drank at Kodiak Jack's on New Year's Eve 2016.

Deborah Kitelinger says her daughter made mistakes but personnel at the nightclub, police department and jail did also.

The entities are being sued for wrongful death.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Victim in bar shooting files lawsuit against the business

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — A man who was shot in the neck at a Connecticut bar has filed a negligence lawsuit against the now-defunct business.

The Record-Journal reports that Christopher Durant says in his lawsuit that 105 Restaurant & Lounge in Meriden failed to protect him, hire security guards, and prevent the suspect from entering the premises with a gun. Court documents show Durant is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.

Durant was shot March 18 after an altercation during a St. Patrick's Day event. Police have charged a 29-year-old Meriden man with the shooting.

The bar's owner could not be reached for comment.

The business closed shortly after the shooting when it withdrew its application for a state liquor permit.


Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal drunken-driving crash

LE CENTER — The family of a Lakeville man who was killed by a drunken driver in Le Sueur County is suing both the driver and the bar that served her alcohol.

Catherine Lipscomb filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this month in Le Sueur County District Court against Kimberly Stangler of Kilkenny and White Front Saloon in Montgomery.

Stangler killed Catherine Lipscomb’s husband, 65-year-old Ed Lipscomb, in October 2016. She was driving on County Road 3 north of Killkenny when she drifted into the wrong lane and struck Ed Lipscomb’s motorcycle, according to court documents.

Stangler admitted she had been drinking and had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.17 shortly after the crash.

She pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and was sentenced in October. The sentence included 17 months in jail and $28,000 in restitution.

The lawsuit filed by Catherine Lipscomb, on behalf of Edward Lipscomb’s next of kin, seeks more financial restitution.

In addition to Stangler’s admitted crime, the lawsuit accuses White Front Saloon of illegally selling Stangler alcohol. The suit claims the bar violated a state law that prohibits bars from selling to an “obviously intoxicated person.”

Attorneys for the plaintiff and defendants did not respond to requests from The Free Press to provide comments about the case.

White Front Saloon’s attorney submitted a response to the court denying it illegally served Stangler and denying any liability in Ed Lipscomb’s death.

“White Front actions were not the cause in fact or direct and proximate cause of the accident,” the response states.

The bar asks the judge to dismiss the business from the lawsuit and require the plaintiff to pay its legal fees.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Man blames Houston bar for attack by security personnel

HOUSTON – An evening at a bar along the city’s Washington Corridor earlier this month ended in an assault on a patron, according to a lawsuit filed on Dec 21 in the Harris County 125th District Court.

Houston resident Luis Carmona faults 5110 Washington LLC, doing business as Lincoln Bar, for one of its security personnel attacking him last Dec. 2.

Carmona claims the worker, whose name is reportedly Jordash Sparks, attempted to take his drink away without any given reason. According to the original petition, Sparks then began beating the plaintiff.

After a short chase around the bar, the suit says, Sparks put Carmona in a headlock and gouged both of the complainant’s eyes.

The purported manager of the establishment requested Carmona refrain from calling the police and promised to cover future tabs, to which he refused, court documents add.

Consequently, the plaintiff seeks unspecified monetary damages.

He is represented by attorneys James R. Edwards and Jeffrey R. McCarthy of the law firm McCarthy & Edwards PLLC in Houston.

Harris County 125th District Court Case No. 2017-84582


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lancaster man facing charges after pushing police officer during bar fight

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– A Lancaster man is facing charges after fighting at a bar and then pushing a police officer.

Jayson Rodriguez-Irizarry, 31, is facing aggravated assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident.

On December 17 around 2:05 a.m., police were in the area of Catalina’s at 40 W. Orange St. during the bar closing.

Police saw that a fight had broken out in a group of people that had exited the bar.

Police attempted to stop the group from fighting when Rodriguez-Irizarry grabbed an officer and pushed him backwards into other officers to continue fighting.

Authorities were able to place Rodriguez-Irizarry into custody and he was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lawsuit says Galveston hotel bar manager assaulted female patron

GALVESTON – An alleged assault at a Galveston hotel bar in late 2015 is the subject of a Harris County woman’s lawsuit.

In court papers filed on Dec. 12 in the Galveston County 405th District Court, Lisa A. Barfield claims an employee of The Tremont House Rooftop Bar refused her service and physically attacked her on Dec. 12, 2015.

Wyndham, the hotel’s parent company, and the employee in question, Ashley Nicole Jasper, are listed as defendants in the case.

Barfield reportedly went to the bar while her husband went to buy a Christmas present for her. According to the suit, the plaintiff originally inquired about an electrical outlet, but the bar staff were busy and unavailable to acknowledge her.

The original petition further states that Barfield then approached the counter only to be refused service though she was not intoxicated. She requested to speak to the manager, which was supposedly Jasper.

Documents assert that Jasper immediately became aggressive towards, and confrontational with, the plaintiff. Barfield tried to leave, but the manager blocked her path and proceeded to assault her, per the complaint.

The attack purportedly continued even as Barfield’s husband came to fetch her and guide her out of the hotel. The complainant later learned that a Galveston police report was filed in response to the event in question with her implicated as the instigator.

Consequently, Barfield seeks unspecified monetary damages.

She is representing herself.

Galveston County 405th District Court Case No. 17-CV-1491


Friday, December 8, 2017

Family of man shot outside Suite suing nightclub, property managers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The family of a man shot and killed at Suite Night Club earlier this year is suing the former club and the company that managed the property for not providing adequate security.

Toray Ricketts is accused of killing 24-year-old Sina Sharifai in March.

Sharifai's family said he was breaking up a fight outside the club at the Markets at Town Center when he was shot twice by Ricketts.

Police said an argument in the club spilled over into a fight in the parking lot, and witnesses said Ricketts, 25, went to his car, got a gun and returned before shooting Sharifai.

Just over a week after Ricketts' Stand Your Ground petition was denied by a judge, Sharifai's family filed a a lawsuit against Suite and the Hines company, seeking at least $15,000.

According to the lawsuit, Hines, which runs the Markets at Town Center, didn’t have enough properly trained security guards to keep the club safe.

The lawsuit claims two rapes, several batteries and other violent crimes happened on the premises of Suite Nightclub from 2012 to March 2017.

It also states that many crimes that happened inside the club and in the parking lot, where Sharifai was shot, were not reported to police.

Suite has since closed down.

Ricketts is set to go to trial Jan. 29 on charges of second-degree murder and having a concealed firearm.