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UPDATE: Chattanooga business owner, wife and son accused of supplying drugs, alcohol to minors - WRCB-TV

Posted: 14 Mar 2019 08:31 AM PDT

Joseph Lipsey III, who is CEO of Chattanooga-based Lipsey Logistics Worldwide, a trucking and shipping company located at 5600 Brainerd Road, faces charges related to the alleged incidents, records show. He was arrested Tuesday and released after posting $100,000 bond, according to the Aspen Daily News. He's charged with distribution of cocaine to a minor, the highest level drug felony available under Colorado law that comes with a mandatory prison sentence of between eight and 32 years upon conviction. He also faces three counts of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, three counts of serving alcohol to minors, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing nicotine to minors.

Martinsburg business owner injured in explosion, fire - Columbia Daily Tribune

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 01:39 PM PDT

A Martinsburg business owner is in fair condition and reportedly breathing on his own after an explosion and fire at Fennewald Custom Welding LLC.

The incident occurred approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday. Employees were able to escape the building before the explosion without injury, except for the business owner, Craig Fennewald, who reportedly received second- and third-degree burns to his back and other areas as he was trying to exit the building.

Another employee was noted as shaken up but unharmed in a social media posting. Photos from the incident taken by the Wellsville Optic-News indicate portions of the metal frame shop walls were blown out and have partially collapsed. Area residents reported hearing smaller explosions from within the building after the fire began.

Audrain County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene to create a perimeter around the building. Traffic was diverted from the area and deputies assured nonessential personnel were refrained from entering the site. Little Dixie Fire Protection District provided mutual aid to the Martinsburg Fire District.

Butler County RV business owner indicted on felony charges for allegedly assaulting wife - Hamilton Journal News

Posted: 12 Mar 2019 12:02 PM PDT

West Chester Twp. police charged Couch, 51, of Tamarron Drive in West Chester Twp., during the early-morning hours of March 2 for felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence.

The court documents say police allege he "did knowingly cause serious physical harm to Shelley Couch" when he punched his wife in the face "multiple times and slammed her head onto a paved driveway multiple times."

FIRST REPORT: Butler County RV business owner faces assault, domestic violence charges

Today, a Butler county grand jury returned indictments against Couch for felonious assault, attempted felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence, according to the indictment.

Couch was arraigned last week by a magistrate in Butler County Area II Court, where bond was set at $16,000. A protection order was also issued for Couch to stay away from his wife. He was free on bond within hours.

At the arraignment, Assistant County Prosecutor Jim Monk indicated Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser intended to take the case directly to a grand jury for consideration.

"We want the process to be fair and transparent, and if he thinks that is the best way to proceed, I have no objection," Couch's attorney, Erik Niehaus, said last week after the hearing.

Gmoser said evidence from police and the hospital, not just the victim, will determine the facts.

"This woman was screaming for help. She was apparently injured to the point where she had to go to a hospital and we will get to the bottom of the seriousness of those injuries," Gmoser said.

The prosecutor said that, in the case of a felony charge, cooperation from a victim is not needed.

"I am always concerned when I have injuries that do not rise to the level of anything more that a misdemeanor. I don't like to chase those cases on misdemeanors because it may be a case where the parties can work something out and I don't want to interfere with those given the criminal context," Gmoser said.

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"However, in a felony charge, the victim is merely a witness in the case. This is a case brought by the state of Ohio. I handle murder cases all the time where the victim is dead. We don't need the victim to tell me what they want to do."

Niehaus said during last Monday's arraignment that he talked to Shelley Couch, who told him she was not opposed to Jeffery Couch being released on bond if a protection order were issued.

Niehaus said during the hearing that he talked to the alleged victim by phone before her husband's arraignment.

"She told me she was not in fear of him," Niehaus said. "She indicated to me that she has no fractures … I don't believe there was serious physical harm in this matter, so I am not sure felonious assault is even in play in this case from what I have heard so far."

Couch is the owner of Jeff Couch's RV Nation in Trenton. He was booked into the Butler County Jail and held without bond over the weekend. He was charged at 1:34 a.m. March 2 after police said he assaulted his wife on the way home from an event.

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Salt Lake City business owner says his neighborhood restaurant can't survive 900 South construction, so the Mexican eatery has closed - Salt Lake Tribune

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 06:57 AM PDT

A Salt Lake City business owner says his 18-month-old Mexican eatery on 900 South won't survive the disruption caused by an upcoming road improvement project — so he has decided to close the restaurant permanently.

"It's going to be a mess, and I can't survive it," said chef Matt Lake, owner of Alamexo Cantina, 1059 E. 900 South. "No one is going to sit on a patio while there is dirt in the air."

Lake said the building owners have let him out of the lease so he can focus on his first restaurant, Alamexo Mexican Kitchen at 268 S. State. "If I didn't have such great landlords," Lake said, "this would probably sink my company."

(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) The Alamexo Cantina in Salt Lake City Friday December 1, 2017.

Lake announced the closure of Alamexo Cantina last week by posting a handwritten note on the door. It blamed the looming construction and " the tight margins that all restaurateurs operate on," as reasons to close.

"For us, this is not goodbye," the note said, "but a change of venue and we hope to see all of you soon."

Employees from the 900 South location have been given jobs at the downtown shop, Lake said. The additional staffing will allow that location — near the Gallivan Center — to extend its operating hours to include Sunday.

Alamexo Cantina, which opened in October 2017, was billed as a casual, family-style dining experience one might find at a market in Mexico. It offered a lively, vibrant vibe, with a Mexican-tiled bar, colorful walls and an extensive margarita menu.

Lake said while it was busy on weekends, the lack of customers during the week affected the bottom line.

The 900 South reconstruction project is expected to begin in April and last six months, said Adan Carrillo, a civic engagement specialist with Salt Lake City.

The deteriorating asphalt street will be replaced with longer-lasting concrete, he said. Crews will upgrade sewer and other utilities and create a roundabout at the five-leg intersection at 900 South, 1100 East, and Gilmer Drive to improve traffic flow through the area.

As part of this reconstruction, a new bike path will be added on the south side of the street, part of the 9-Line Trail. Pedestrian crossings will be enhanced and new landscaping installed.

Street parking is expected to remain mostly the same. Carrillo said.

The $3 million project is being funded through impact fees charged to developers, Class C road funds the state gives to communities and a Salt Lake County active transportation grant.

The project was supposed to begin in 2018, Carrillo added, but was postponed for a year after residents and businesses wanted more time to explore traffic options.

"I hope that before any business considers closing, they contact us, so we can work out a way to accommodate their concerns," he said. "We want them to flourish, and a project like this will only allow them to thrive."

Utah chef/owner Matt Lake hopes to replicate the casual, family-style dining experience one might find in a market in Mexico with his new restaurant Alamexo Cantina.

Business owner files lawsuit against city of Port Isabel, Commissioner Martin Cantu - KGBT-TV

Posted: 13 Mar 2019 08:55 PM PDT

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Eduardo Pena, owner of A-Pro Towing and Recovery wanted to expand his business from South Padre Island into Port Isabel. He gets a lot of business on the ...

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