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Monday, August 21, 2017

ABC ENFORCEMENT AGENT BREAKING RULES ADVERSELY IMPACTS APPLICATIONS OF TWO SEARCY RESTAURANTS PRIVATE CLUB PERMITS

AGENT SHELBY CLARK - HIS BAD ADVICE PREVENTED PERMITS
 


When ABC Enforcement Agent Shelby Clark told two Searcy permit applicants to place a notice away from the entrance to their restaurants, little did the two applicants realize that would be held against them and cause their applications to be denied. 

The ABC Administrative Director denied a private club permits to El Almacen Mexican Restaurant and  The Rock House in Searcy, based on questionable objections by city officials.

Both appealed the Director's decisions to the ABC Board.

Last week the ABC Board upheld the Director's decision to deny a permit for El Almacen, but The Rock House was able to get the ABC Board to override the Director's decision and grant a private club permit.

A factor that was overlooked in the El Almacen appeal, but not in the case of  The Rock House was the actions of Agent Clark.

Agent Clark advised both applicants to place the required notice away from the front entrance.  Advice that violates agency policy and Arkansas law. Advise that had an adverse impact on two business establishments.


El Almacen's appeal was heard first and at the conclusion of presentations by the applicant, and those in opposition, ABC Board Chairman Daniel Greenberg made a motion to deny El Almacen a permit based on the technical failure to post the notice in compliance with state law and ABC procedural regulations. 

DANIEL GREENBERG - ABC BOARD CHAIRMAN


The El Almacen hearing lasted about a little over 5 hours. Then it was The Rock House's turn.

Growing weary of their appointed duties, the ABC Board decided to enter the majority of the testimony from the El Almacen hearing into the record for the appeal of the Director's decision to deny The Rock House a permit as a lot of the testimony of the opposition would be the same.

In the hearing for The Rock House, it was revealed that Agent Clark had instructed Amanda Elston, the applicant for the Rock House permit, to move the required notice from the front door to a side window because the tape was not sticking to the surface of the door. In fact, Agent Clark is the one that attempted to tape the notice to the door and when it wouldn't stay on it, he had Elston put it on a window on the side of the building.


AGENT CLARK'S REFLECTION CAN BE SEEN IN THE PHOTO HE TOOK OF ELSTON AND HER NOTICE

AGENT CLARK'S HAND AND PHONE ARE SEEN REFLECTED IN THE WINDOW



Greenberg stated "it's one thing if you [Elston] picked it...it's another thing if the agent picked it."

At the end of the two hour hearing for The Rock House,  ABC Board member Mickey Powell made a motion to approve the permit for The Rock House.

MICKEY POWELL - ABC BOARD MEMBER


All board members voted to approve the issuance of the permit.

The same attorney represent both El Almacen and The Rock House, Harry Truman Moore.


HARRY TRUMAN MOORE - ATTORNEY FOR EL ALMACEN & THE ROCK HOUSE

Moore requested that the ABC Board reconsider the denial of the permit for El Almacen as the applicant for that permit, Alisha Jones, had also stated that she had been instructed to place the notice away from the front entrance by Agent Clark.

Chairman Greenberg stated that he would consider revisiting the decision about Jones application at the next board meeting in September, if the recording of the hearing confirmed that Jones had made such a statement.

JONES AND HER NOTICE AT EL ALMACEN - PHOTO TAKEN BY AGENT CLARK




Even if Agent Clark had not instructed Jones and Elston to place the notices on the windows, he was obligated to tell them where to correctly place them.

Tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet is responsible for the actions of his agents and should hold Agent Clark accountable for his infractions.

The ABC Board needs to do the right thing and grant El Almacen its private club permit and caution Agent Clark to not break the rules and law.

The arguments for and against each permit were exactly the same.  We know because we have reviewed the complete files for each application.


The objections by public officials for these two establishments will be the focus our our next post. 



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

LEGISLATIVE PANEL TARGETS INEPT ABC ENFORCMENT DIRECTOR - PROBLEMS OF STATE AND CITY DEALINGS WITH POWER LOUNGE BROUGHT CONCERNS TO FOREFRONT

 
SEN. WILLIAMS QUESTIONS TAINTED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR HAMLET'S EFFECTIVNESS


State Senator Eddie Joe Williams, R-Cabot, said there's a lack of communication between police and the Alcoholic Beverage Control agency. He said he's seeking a mandatory notification to replace the current method that allows officers to voluntarily forward reports concerning businesses with liquor licenses.

A legislative panel will review whether Arkansas police departments should be required to report most of their encounters at restaurants, bars and nightclubs to state alcohol regulators.
 
The decision comes after a shooting at Power Ultra Lounge in Little Rock that injured 28 people last month.

Williams said that every time police are called to a private club, their departments should report the incident, within a reasonable amount of time, to Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said he will wait for specifics of the review before commenting on any new policy.

LRPD CHIEF BUCKNER DOES NOT LIKE OTHERS GIVING SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW HIS DEPARTMENT FAILS TO DEAL WITH CRIME RELATED PROBLEMS

"I would need to see exactly what's being asked of us, and what the intent and purpose was, before I respond to it," Buckner said.

Like Hamlet, Buckner balks when his leadership is questioned. 

Buckner was offended when the Little Rock Board of Director's recently recommended that he seek assistance from other state and federal agencies to deal with crime and violence in the capital city. And when the Governor subsequently formed a Task Force to deal with crime and violence in Little Rock, Buckner was so infuriated that he skipped the press conference and sent an underling to smile for the cameras. He claimed he was too busy preparing for one of his community meetings.

Boyce Hamlet, tainted Director of ABC Enforcement, said he doesn't see a communication gap between the agency and the Arkansas police departments. But he said changes "might plug some holes."

Hamlet tried to spin the  legislative inquiry into his mismanagement of ABC Enforcement.

"We appreciate any help we can get from the state House or state Senate," Hamlet said.

Readers will recall that Hamlet also tried to spin the Arkansas Ethics Commission's investigation into his violation of Arkansas laws which required him to file disclosure forms within a certain period after being hired and each year.

What Hamlet is trying to cover up is the fact that Arkansas police departments have little or no confidence in him due to his lack of credibility and the Arkansas State Police openly laugh at him due to his being fried from their agency for cheating on an exam and lying multiple times to investigators.

It is a well known fact that the LRPD Vice Squad hates Hamlet and refuse to provide the ABC with reports about alcohol violation issues. And while some of their bad feelings about the ABC might be as a result of their dealings with the ABC Board over violations, they have little use for Hamlet playing at being a law enforcement officer and are concerned about his presence at the ABC with all his baggage.

The legislative panel to review the process was approved last week. The panel will determine whether a change would require a new law or if it could be done through a rule-making process.

Williams said the panel will submit a proposal to a Senate committee. The Legislature's next regular session is expected to be in early 2019.

We hope that this panel takes a look at the ABC's file on the Power Lounge.

What they will find will shock them.

Information in the file reveals that the establishment has been a problem for years, even when it operated as a restaurant. 

The principal owner/manager at that time was John Mathis Lile III, who was later sentenced to prison for embezzlement.  

 










THE RESTAURANT OPERATED AS A CLUB AT NIGHT, WITHOUT NOTIFYING THE CITY AS FAR BACK AS 2014
 






When Lile was convicted of a felony, he became ineligible to hold a permit to sell alcoholic beverages in in his restaurant or to be involved in its operation. Lile turned over the restaurant to Herman Lewis, but Lewis never gave the ABC notice that Lile was no longer with the restaurant and he did not file the required change in manager to get a new permit. Lewis did not tell the ABC about Lile not being involved in the business until Lile had been in prison for a year.

The Little Rock Mayor and other officials did not object to changes or re-issuance of permits even though the establishment owed taxes to the city, county and state and the police were responding to dozens of calls.

ABC Enforcement agents tried to get that dive shut down for several years and tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet did nothing to support the findings of his agents.

Hamlet forced Agent Chandler to resign or be fired, as he did several other agents that were more qualified to be director that he was.

No doubt Hamlet, being the inexperienced and ignorant fool he is simply had no idea what to do with the information Agent Farmer reported.


 
Hamlet and a couple of his supervising agents emailed each other saving things about agents that led us to post about Hamlet creating a hostile work environment.  That coupled with his getting rid of several experienced and well-liked agents and promoting a couple of agents to supervisory positions that were just a objectionable as he was after he was appointed rubbed law enforcement agencies all over the state the wrong way.

All our posts about Hamlet's lying and covering up his hiring and firing by the ASP to get jobs in law enforcement he would not have been able to obtain if he told the truth did not help either.
It took the mass shooting of 28 individuals to get the ABC to finally take action and shut down the sketchy bar.

It was very telling that Hamlet was not asked to be part of Governor Hutchinson's Task Force.

All the agency heads that were asked to be on it have no use for Hamlet and his lack of credibility and honesty.

How much longer will it take the Governor to realize that as well.  Hamlet's father-in-law is not around to make campaign contributions so it may not be much longer. 

 


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UNQUALIFIED ABC ENFORCEMENT DIRECTOR IS RAKING IN THE DOUGH

We have previously posted about tainted ABC Enforcement Director Boyce Hamlet getting a huge $8k bump in salary after a few months on the job and after he made several agents supervisors, thus delegating many responsibilities that he had to these supervisors.

We have discovered that he has gone from making around $74,000 a year to almost $97,000 a year.






Not bad for an individual that had no qualifications for the position, including being a certified law enforcement officer, and was fired by the Arkansas State Police for cheating on an exam and then lied multiple times to investigators.

If that was not bad enough, Hamlet then lied on job applications to hide the fact that he was hired and fired by the ASP to get jobs in law enforcement he would not have been able to had he told the truth.

Hamlet has a self-proclaimed mental disability that caused UAPB to waive basic course requirements in order for him to graduate and receive a degree. 

Hamlet is a pathological liar and has no place heading ABC Enforcement.

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

HUMP DAY HUMOR

Even back in elementary school, Boyce was an integral part of the team.