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Bar’s Liquor License Suspension Upheld

Edition: main
Section: LOCAL & STATE
Page: 3B
Source: BY DION LEFLER, The Wichita Eagle

The Wichita City Council has upheld the police chief’s decision to suspend the liquor license of a South Broadway bar, despite complaints from the bar’s lawyer, who argued that a conviction for selling to a minor had been improper ly obtained.

The 14-day suspension is the second ordered this year for El Farol Rojo Club at 1030 S. Broadway, said Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz.

It stems from a Municipal Court conviction of a bartender at the club, Enrique Delgado Ledesma, for serving a minor.

But lawyer Chris O’Hara, who represents the club, argued Tuesday that Ledesma’s no-contest plea had been wrongly obtained. He said Ledesma appeared in court without a lawyer and had no interpreter even though he speaks only Spanish.

He said Ledesma plans to return to Municipal Court on May 22 to try to withdraw his plea.
Council member Paul Gray said he wanted to delay the suspension pending the outcome of that hearing. The rest of the council disagreed.

“Did he understand what he was doing the first two times?” asked council member Lavonta Williams.

Gray replied that the bar’s license had already been suspended for its earlier violations.

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