A former co-owner of Sharky's Sports Bar has filed a lawsuit against
Maryville village officials, claiming that police there unfairly
arrested him three years ago for entering his own bar.
The suit, filed by Gary Lutman of Collinsville, names as defendants
Maryville Mayor Larry Gullege, Maryville Police Chief Richard
Schardan and two Maryville police officers, Thomas Kanzler and Mike
It alleges that police and village officials conspired with his
former wife, Sherry Lutman, to prevent him from stepping foot inside
the bar, which is at 2537 Vandalia St. in Collinsville.
The suit is the latest action in a larger struggle between the
Lutmans, who married in 1982. For several years, they ran Sharky's as
90 percent owners. Then they divorced in 1999, and as part of the
settlement agreement each retained 45 percent ownership. A Granite
City man, Richard Gibson, owned 10 percent.
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