WVa Bar Owner Vows To Appeal Smoking Conviction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A Kanawha County circuit judge has upheld the conviction of a Charleston bar owner on two misdemeanor charges of flouting the county's smoking ban.

Judge Charles King upheld a magistrate's February conviction of Blackhawk Saloon owner Kerry "Paco" Ellison.

King ruled that Ellison broke the law by distributing ashtrays and allowing patrons to smoke in the bar.

King's order was issued earlier this month and released by the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on Monday.

The department wants the State Alcohol Beverage Control Administration to revoke Ellison's liquor license.

Ellison says he plans to appeal King's ruling to the State Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by home girl Location: williamstown wv on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:31 AM
    i know a young girl that worked in a "must be 21" for 5 yrs and some still allow people to smoke in there. however she was not one and her boss started to only allow her to work 2 days a week because she wouldn't allow people to smoke! is that fair to her for up holding the law?
  • by anonymous Location: Parkersburg on Sep 22, 2009 at 09:38 PM
    i have been in many bars in wood county where patrons continue to smoke and it does not bother me, chemical plants and automobiles put out a thousand times more carcinogens then cigarettes, and i do not see any legislation being proposed to ban chemical plants or automobiles. if you agree with the cigarette ban and you drive an automobile or work in a chemical plant you are a hypocrite, the u.s. boasts freedom when everyday at the local,county,state or federal level some type of legislation is proposed or passed that takes away some type of freedom,pathetic.
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