Southside Grill employee charged with serving alcohol to man who later died in crash

Southside Grill employee charged with serving alcohol to man who later died in crash
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A Southside Grill employee faces charges that include supplying alcohol to a 19-year-old who later that evening was one of two men who died in an accident near Dickens on April 26.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office released more details about the incident, including the charges against Jacoba Knight of Spencer.

Knight faces charges of selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person, supplying alcoholic beverages to Alfonso Adrian Maldonado and failing to exercise reasonable care to determine whether he was under the legal age.

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Maldonado, of Graettinger, was the driver in a double-fatality car crash late Friday April 26 at the 280th Avenue and 350th Street intersection. He later died of his injuries at Spencer Hospital.

A passenger and owner of the car, Tephonte Alan Smith, 21, of Estherville, died at the scene.

The Signal was the first to report that Southside Grill was under investigation in connection to the accident and that both men had been at the establishment earlier that night.


The sheriff’s office stated documentation obtained following the execution of a search warrant confirmed that Maldonado was served multiple drinks at Southside Grill in the hours before the crash.

After the accident, Maldonado’s blood alcohol content was determined to be 0.258.

Knight also faces charges of supplying alcohol to 18-year-old Mackenzie Kamstra. The sheriff’s office stated Knight knew Kamstra was under the legal age.

Knight was released after being cited for the charges.

The sheriff’s office indicated additional charges are pending.

The Spencer Police Department, Iowa State Patrol and Clay County Attorney’s Office has assisted the sheriff’s office.


Southside Grill’s liquor license renewal was denied Monday night by the Spencer City Council, citing evidence it had served to minors, served to intoxicated people and that its dancers had improperly exposed their breasts.

The establishment markets itself as a “gentlemen’s steakhouse” and features seminude entertainers.

Southside Grill can continue to serve alcohol throughout an appeals process with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Owner Chris Burg has said he is suing the city.


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