HUBER HEIGHTS —Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer has been seeking to cancel the liquor license of Kricket’s Tavern after a 19-year-old Springfield man, Joshua Hamilton, was shot and killed around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Kricket’s. On Monday, he said the city was investigating whether Kricket’s was in compliance with its laws.
The first step in that nuisance abatement process to shut the business down took place Wednesday afternoon as a restraining order issued by a Common Pleas judge was posted by police on the door at Kricket’s Tavern, located at 5478 Brandt Pike. The order stated that the establishment has been lawfully declared a nuisance and has been ordered temporarily closed as noted in the attached court order.
Police said there was more than enough evidence and information from existing issues at the business for the judge to authenticate the order and that a hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13.
On Monday, Schommer expressed deep concern about underage purchase violations by Kricket’s Tavern
“Over the past couple of years, Huber Heights Police and the city have reported violations of the liquor law to the Ohio Investigative Unit,” said Schommer. “They, on two occasions, had underage purchase violations per the establishment. “This unfortunate tragedy of the loss of an 18-year-old man in our city, will cause the city, the Police Division and everyone involved to not rest until we have the cancellation of this establishment’s liquor license. Because of the past history they’ve shown to be an irresponsible liquor permit holder and the Ohio Investigative Unit has investigated them several times over the course of two years. It is my hope, that the Ohio Investigative Unit will continue to work with the city to make sure that this establishment no longer operates as it has for the last year.”
Schommer said that the city does not issue or control the issuance of a liquor permit, but it’s all done at the state level.
“Much like in the case of the Heat Nightclub, the city opposed the issuance and the city challenged the issuance and what we hope is for a much quicker remedy to the violations than what we have seen in the past,” added Schommer.
Anyone with information related to the homicide is asked to contact Det. J. Colvin at 937-237-3593 or the Dispatch Center at 937-233-2080.
Reach Greg Smart at 684-8088.