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Township Evaluating Bar's License Following Fight

A fight at JD's on April 27 resulted in multiple arrests, injuries.

Galloway Township Manager Arch Liston said the township is considering not renewing the license for when it comes up for renewal July 1. He made the statement at the council meeting on Tuesday night, May 8.

"I'm getting all the information from the chief right now," Liston said."When they go for renewal, it will not be renewed."

The comments were made following a fight on at the pub in the Smithville section of the township that resulted in six arrests and four people being hospitalized, including three police officers.

Galloway Police Chief Patrick Moran said Tuesday night that two officers have returned to work and a third won't be able to work for "a while."

The incident began when 22-year-old Richard Stockton College of New Jersey student Diandre C. Brown attempted to enter the bar on the bar's weekly College Night without identification, police said. He was turned away at the door, but forced his way in a little while later. As a result he was arrested, but things began to spiral out of control.

At the time, JD's owner Brian Storr said the incident was unusual, and that was the last College Night of the year.

"We have officers here every week, and we've worked with the sergeants," Storr said the . "It's always well thought-out. Things just happen."

Storr said they sit down with representatives from the township and college police departments and the dean of students before the school year starts, and they've never had a problem. The pub even offers a free shuttle back and forth between the school and the pub to avoid drunken  driving incidents.

Stan Walker May 09, 2012 at 11:52 AM
While I in no way support what happened at JD's, I fail to understand why their license should not be renewed. Also, if this is so serious why is the township waiting until July rather than pulling their license immediately? Since the offenders were from Stockton College is the township considering pulling Stockton's license to operate? I think the township has bigger fish to fry.
David Morlando May 09, 2012 at 12:46 PM
I find it distubing that the town manager seems to have already made a decision regarding license renewal without even having all of the facts. This knee jerk, foolish reaction demonstrates the incompetence of our appointed officials and the anti business climate of Galloway. Way to go, Arch! Just what Galloway needs, another shuttered ratable and more taxpayers on the unemployment line.
smithvillian May 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I speculate it's an easy way to make a little cashola despite the ramifications to the owner's livlihood. Revoke the licence and reissue for a quick buck. Desperate times for them to continue feeding their inflated budget and overhead. The beast needs to be fed....beware.
Susan O'Toole May 09, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I owned the wonderful Sherlock's Books and Cafe next door to JD's. I went to City Council begging for help. WE HAD TO CLOSE OUR DOORS !!!! It is horrible what goes on their. I am not against College night nor running a Bar or Pub. They should be free standing. I think city council had better cover their tushy's before the lawsuits come...and that's all i have to say on that.
Benjamin Dover May 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My only concern is the fire occupancy codes. If you review the pictures published by the establishment it is blatantly evident the codes are violated and not being enforced. All patrons are at risk of bodily harm should a fire take place. Is the township not aware of the over abundance of clientele crammed into the two adjacent areas. These overcrowded conditions can cause havoc during any emergency. I hope that the Galloway governing body will review the occurrences at the place of business. After the assessment, public officials should impose all policies and rules at this location and all others within their jurisdiction.
Blue Anchor Guy May 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Here we go. Throwing the baby out with the bath water. Why not discuss the possibility of making the establishment responsible for what happens as result of their business practices. Apparently, the efforts to coordinate with local and college officials did not work so, why not levy a hefty fine and/or, make the establishment pay the medical bills for those injured in the fracas? Pulling the license takes another business off the tax roles. Not sure that's a smart idea, but then again, we're talking about township management. Duh.
Debra Daraklis May 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
blue anchor guy.. this is why no businesses will come to NJ. nonsense fine, paying to have a business(contribute to a bike path in galloway that doesn't exist) this township is out of control. The police were at JD's as usual(which is a good thing) a fight broke out, did police use excessive force? what happened to all the cell phones that were taken and the video recordings purged? as for sherlocks owner: JD's was there first. If you would have researched the property you would have known about the BAR. hello! I had more of a problem with a book store selling bongs and other so called paraphernalia.
BARBARA BROWN May 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
You had to close you doors because of JD's? Nothing to do with e-books ..?No offense to you, but I had lived in smithville for years and never heard of any problems at jd's
My Town May 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I think that Stockton President Mr Satakamp should be involved and assure us that he is doing his part on his end to handle this situation from suspension or what ever is in his power. Because the family of JD's is a very hard working and DO NOT deserve thier liscense to be taken away from some over zealous Township Manager. They pay for police presence and if it gets out of control due to the arrogance of officers they are should be the responsible ones and diffuse and secure this situation. Maybe they need better training!! I will not feel bad when the officers get laid off next year. I am a galloway resident and they need to get back to basics like PROTECT AND SERVE.....
Keep Galloway Green May 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
A shuttle bus to a bar every Thursday....what does Stockton call this ..a field trip?...lol For Stockton to allow this shows they care nothing about the students over $$$. Now they want to build dorms across the street from a bar..The Dubliner. What could go wong there???
cathy manzo May 09, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Whatever happened to people taking responsibility for their own actions? JD's did not start the fight. My husband and I enjoy going to JD's for a burger and a beer and have found it to be a friendly place with good food.
Susan O'Toole May 09, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Oh no ebook never were an issue. We had a great business. The problem was that when we had our open mics, family games night, book signings..ets..they would play the music so loud we could not hear. AND THEY ARE RUDE. As we were told THEY WERE HERE FIRST....I had to be escorted to my vehicle numerous times. We would find throw up all over our sidewalk after college night. Contact city council they know all about what problems we were having...it was terrible..one girl even came out and dropped her drawers and took a poo in the bushes during an open mic night..flipped my patrons the bird and walked a way. I myself witness young me getting into backseats with naked girls after handing money to the man in the front seat.. FINALLY JD's will be under the eye..You really have no clue what we went through....We loved our store and we loved all the people but when JD's began giving out free coffee knowing we were a cafe and POSTED THE FACT THEY HAD FREE COFFEE on their sign out front.We had enough. They are jerks and i hope they shut them down....
Susan O'Toole May 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
What ever happen to a bar being responsible for the amount of liquor they serve an individual..Remember what FLAGGED means ??? The bar is responsible for that..
Nancy R May 09, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I personally like JDs, its a great place to relax with a beer and a bite to eat. I guess our township manager never took into consideration that may people frequent JDs, not just college kids. As a taxpayer, I want our area businesses to thrive. They need to. Our property taxes are beyond what our homes are worth, the township is being sued for a HUGE amount of money. My tax dollars are flowing to this lawsuit as I write this courtesy of our township lawyers and a disgruntled former employee. I do believe our township manager should be placing his attention elsewhere. I would rather replace him in his position than have JDs' liquor license revoked.
Diogenes May 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Harry Scheeler has spoken! His words of wisdom will be inscribed forever in our hearts. Oh, thank you, thank you, Harry! My day, nay, my week, is now complete. I shall ponder forever your insights and opinions.
Blue Anchor Guy May 10, 2012 at 01:19 PM
To all those who think the business is taking an unfair hit...why do you think ownership gladly pays for private security??? To protect the revenue stream, of course. And, you think it's OK that an occasional fight breaks out??? Is that your level of entertainment. Business has a responsibility to the community just as the individual does. Debra, don't feel badly about businesses not coming to New Jersey. We didn't get to be one of the wealthiest states in the US by making it too tough on business owners. We all enjoy a good standard of living in this state. All I'm suggesting is let the punishment fit the crime. Until proven otherwise, I think the business owner has culpability in this particular situation. Maybe he needs to take a little more initiative in addressing the reasons he feels it necessary to have paid security on premises.....some "family restaurant"...I think not.
Keep Galloway Green May 10, 2012 at 02:22 PM
College students + booze = ?....lol I'm thinking heads should roll at Stockton for allowing this ( a free shuttle bus to a bar every Thursday...really?...Really?).....If a bar owner gets kids all boozed up...what do you expect?.....
Diogenes May 10, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Many businesses have paid security/off duty policemen. The security is for the rowdy and the miscreants, whether in a bar, store, or movie theater. Having paid security doesn't imply that the owner is guilty or negligent; actually, I think he is trying to forstall trouble from happening.
JerseyDevil May 10, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I believe the township is evaluating the bars license, which is exactly what I would expect them to do. This is certainly not the first time the police have been called to JD's for reports of drunks behaving badly. How much is this specific incident going to cost us taxpayers? One officer has apparently been hurt badly enough that they'll be out of work quite a while. Who absorbs that? Us when we have to pay overtime to fill that void. I've had many a burger and many a beer at JD's over the years but when any business has its patrons injuring township employees I say evaluate their license to do business. Do a fair and accurate evaluation.
Diogenes May 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I agree. That is the whole purpose of regular license review and renewal!
Shelley May 11, 2012 at 03:00 AM
If you live in a glass house....don't throw stones! People should get all their facts straight before they start slamming people, places and things. People(students) involved were not patrons of JD's. JD's has great wings and nice atmosphere...one groups actions shouldn't ruin it for everyone else that likes to go to the establishment!!!!
Dtalz May 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM
The reason your doors closed was due to your your sheer lack of business skills and the poor decision to open up your wall into another store raising your already high rent even higher!!! You had very little product for such a large space. Space management is a great tool for SMART business people. BTW, how did those designer bongs that you were selling work out for you? Wait, wait, I know the answer!!!!
Dtalz May 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM
ANNNNND, the reason your doors closed was for not paying rent, for MONTHS AND MONTHS!!!!
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