East St. Louis suspends bar license after fatal shooting

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:56 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- The owner of an East St. Louis bar lost her liquor license for two weeks and must pay $500 in fines in connection with a shooting death of a man outside the business.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the city’s liquor-control board suspended Denese Drummond’s license Wednesday. She owns Denese’s Place.

But the board did not fault Drummond in connection with the Sunday night killing of 20-year-old Kenneth Richards of Cahokia.

One of the board members, Harry Hollingsworth, considers the license suspension unfortunate. But he says “we have to make sure that the message gets out that all the rules have to be followed.”

Drummond had a security guard on duty at the time of the shooting, but he wasn’t licensed, bonded or certified as required by the city.

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