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Bar owner arrested after unauthorised gathering

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A video grab of the gathering.

By TANYA SMITH-CARTWRIGHT

tsmith-cartwright@tribunemedia.net

THE owner of a popular bar was arrested on Friday night after police responded to reports of an unauthorised gathering, which contravened COVID-19 Emergency Orders.

Following the Village Pub owner’s arrest, police also allegedly found a pistol and ammunition inside his vehicle.

Police said: “Shortly before 9pm, officers from the Operations Unit responded to an unauthorised social gathering that was being held at the Village Pub located on Balfour Avenue.

“On their arrival they saw and spoke to a male who presented himself as the proprietor. He was arrested and cautioned.

“Acting on information the officers conducted a search of a vehicle belonging to the suspect and recovered a black Glock .45mm pistol with 12 unfired rounds of ammunition. The suspect is expected to be formally charged before the Magistrate’s Court.”

Even though the country is on a lockdown, which prohibits restaurants and bars from being open, sources close to the matter told The Tribune a popular DJ also performed at the gathering.

“I am not surprised at what happened,” one customer who frequents the pub told The Tribune under the request of anonymity. “I stopped going there a few weeks ago because I don’t like what I see in the new ownership. The new crowd seemed a bit rough so I now enjoy my wife’s cooking.

“I am not sure what went down there, but all of a sudden the place was being shot up, corrosive substances were being thrown at it and then, poof, a new owner is involved with a strange crowd. I don’t want to draw any conclusions, but it all seems strange to me.”

Social media went wild over the weekend with claims that Free National Movement Chairman Carl Culmer was among those in the club when police raided it.

On Sunday, Mr Culmer sought to clear the air, saying he was not there.

He said: “I categorically deny any story concerning my arrest and detainment, and state unequivocally that I would not participate in any activity that would bring me, my family, and the party of which I have the pleasure of serving as chairman, into disrepute.

“I do not subscribe to socialising at bars, and encourage all citizens to dismiss fake news outlets and obtain their information concerning COVID-19, and any other matter of national importance from credible sources.

“I am disappointed, yet not surprised, by this false and malicious story, concerning my presence at a local bar/restaurant, which would be in direct contravention of the Competent Authority’s National Emergency Orders.”

Police also confirmed that Mr Culmer was not there.

Mr Culmer, continuing in his statement, said “fake news” is the order of the day.

“I support the prime minister as he leads us through this current health pandemic,” he said. “It is sad to see the level that individuals who oppose the government would stoop to in order to create confusion and malign one’s character and integrity.

“Unfortunately, we are at a time in our history where “fake news” is the order of the day, and persons take certain liberties they ought not to in order to advance their political agendas. My thoughts and prayers remain with all Bahamians and residents as we continue to navigate some of the most difficult times our country has ever faced.”

Comments

Porcupine 2 years, 3 months ago

"....so now i enjoy my wife's cooking." Did he not enjoy it before? Was it that he was never home to enjoy it previously? Did the softer crowd cook for him, or otherwise help him enjoy their cooking , while the "rougher crowd"prevented him from enjoying his wife's cooking? Or, did he just get married? Or, did his wife finally learn how to cook? What's with these modern women?

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Kalikgold 2 years, 3 months ago

yeah that wife cooking part threw me for a loop as well!

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Porcupine 2 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, and then to find a Glock, on top of it all. With 12 rounds of unfired ammunition. Would it have been worse, or better, if they had found fired ammunition?

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Clamshell 2 years, 3 months ago

... the Tribune has a bad habit of just copying whatever is in the police report without editing it into normal, common wording. They make the same mistake in their court reporting.

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Kalikgold 2 years, 3 months ago

Well that part I do not agree with, was there a warrant to search his car. These police be illegally searching with little to no explanation other than acting on information

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Clamshell 2 years, 3 months ago

I think what that guy meant was he sometimes hooked up with some chickadies at that bar, but he’s gone back to ‘home cookin’ ... ! No wonder he wouldn’t give his name ... 😎

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joeblow 2 years, 3 months ago

Meanwhile those at the Getaway restaurant got away with breaking rules while serving policemen and the general public! You have to be connected to get away with crime in this country!

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Jim 2 years, 3 months ago

The bar/restaurant at Bimini Sands, South Bimini is reportedly serving food and alcohol, can eat in, and social distancing or masks are not being monitored. Both locals and Americans from port Royale area are going there and there is not any increase in the cases in Bimini.

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Amused 2 years, 3 months ago

Police didn't respond after 9pm. It was still daylight when they were called to the scene. No need to blatantly lie about that part of the story.

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