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Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case
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Decision expected soon in Southside Grill liquor license case

Southside Grill may soon learn whether or not its liquor license will be renewed. City Attorney Don Hemphill told the Spencer City Council last week that he expects a decision from the state soon on the gentlemen’s steakhouse’s license. “I expect a decision probably before your next meeting,” Hemphill said. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s...

Hearing scheduled for  Southside Grill liquor license status
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Hearing scheduled for Southside Grill liquor license status

A judge will hear arguments later this month that could determine whether Southside Grill retains its liquor license. The Spencer City Council denied Southside Grill’s liquor license renewal in June citing evidence from law enforcement that Southside Grill’s employees had served alcohol to minors and intoxicated individuals and that dancers there had exposed their nipples...

Southside Grill bartender enters not guilty pleas
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Southside Grill bartender enters not guilty pleas

A Southside Grill bartender entered written not guilty pleas on Monday to several charges, including one for serving alcohol to a 19-year-old who later the same night died in a double-fatality accident in April. Court records show Jacoba Knight, of Milford, in Third Judicial District Court entered not guilty pleas to a count of employee...

Spencer man sentenced to 2 years in prison for domestic abuse
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Spencer man sentenced to 2 years in prison for domestic abuse

A Spencer man was sentenced to two years in prison earlier this month after being convicted of domestic abuse causing injury, his second offense. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday that Chad Hinners received the sentence in Third Judicial District Court on June 3. Court records show Hinners voluntarily pleaded guilty to the...

Warrant claims tapes show underage drinking, indecent exposure at Southside Grill
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Warrant claims tapes show underage drinking, indecent exposure at Southside Grill

Spencer law enforcement officials in court documents claim surveillance footage shows Southside Grill employees selling alcohol to people under the legal age, underage drinking and incidents of public indecent exposure. Southside Grill is being investigated by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a double-fatality accident near Dickens in April. A warrant applied for...

Southside Grill under investigation for providing alcohol to minor who died after accident
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Southside Grill under investigation for providing alcohol to minor who died after accident

Southside Grill is being investigated for providing alcohol to a minor who died following an April accident near Dickens. Before he died, 19-year-old Alfonso Adrian Maldonado of Estherville told a paramedic in the back of an ambulance that he and his friend, who also died in the accident, were at a strip club in Spencer...

Emmetsburg man gets 4 years probation in drug case
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Emmetsburg man gets 4 years probation in drug case

An Emmetsburg man was sentenced last week in Third District Court in Clay County to four years of probation in a drug case that stretches back to September 2017. Mark Keniston, 29, as part of an earlier agreement, had pleaded guilty to a count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and a count of...

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