EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSandwich Shop Operators Arrested By Charleston Police
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 14, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 5:32 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The operators of a controversial sandwich shop and social club that Charleston cops claim is an illegal after hours bar and magnet for violence were evicted and arrested Wednesday.
Rodney Armstrong and Emma Laughlin were at the courthouse for an eviction hearing. The owner of the building on West Washington Street is trying to evict the club after a shooting and a later police raid where guns and drugs were found.
A magistrate ruled they had to be out by the end of the month. They have been charged twice with selling liquor without a license. Prosecutors never moved to revoke their bond until Wednesday. They were then arrested by Chief of Police Brent Webster and detectives.
Armstrong said he is appealing the eviction notice and denied selling alcohol.
Webster said that if the club where two officers were injured in the raid and guns were found is allowed to stay open someone may get killed. He said an additional coverage charge allowed patrons to bring guns into the club.
Two operators of a West Side sandwich shop that has been the scene of two controversial incidents were arrested Wednesday by police in the stairwell of the Kanawha County Courthouse parking garage.
Rodney Armstrong and Emma Laughlin were arrested by Charleston police for allegedly violating conditions of their bond. Laughlin and Armstrong were arrested and charged Sunday with manufacturing and selling alcohol without a license.
The charge was nothing new for the duo, since they were just arrested for the same charge in July. Wednesday's arrest was related to the first charge.
Armstrong and Laughlin's arrest followed an appearance in Kanawha County Magistrate Court, where the owner of the sandwich shop property was seeking to have the operators evicted. Magistrate Mike Sisson said they had to be out of the property by the end of the month. Armstrong and Laughlin said they would appeal. After the court appearance, another magistrate approved a prosecutor's request to have their bond revoked on the charge they were arrested for in July.
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