Carbondale trustee apologizes after getting tossed from local bar |

Carbondale trustee apologizes after getting tossed from local bar

CARBONDALE – Carbondale Trustee John Foulkrod was thrown out of a local watering hole after a late-night incident last week in which he was allegedly drunk and threatened to vote against renewing the bar’s liquor license.No charges were filed, and Foulkrod issued an apology on Tuesday. He also said he would consider recusing himself from an upcoming vote on whether to renew a liquor license for the embattled Hurricane Grille.Carbondale police were called at 12:24 a.m. Sept. 15 to the Hurricane Grille at 348 Main St. on a report of a disturbance.According to police reports, officers learned that Foulkrod wasn’t happy after attempting to enter the bar and being told by the bartender that they were closing and no longer serving.After being told the same by Jaime Graetz, daughter of bar owner Sandy Graetz, Foulkrod reportedly “became irate with her and called her some names,” according to the incident report filed by officer Matt Gardner.He proceeded to tell her “that she didn’t know who she was messing with, that he was on the (town) council and that he was going to vote for them to keep their liquor license, but now he wasn’t and that he was going to shut them down.”Foulkrod also allegedly challenged some bar patrons to a fight after they came to her assistance, and then had to be restrained when Sandy Graetz arrived on the scene, according to the report. He was eventually escorted away by another police officer, who then drove him home due to his level of inebriation.Graetz later indicated that she did not want to press charges, and that she “didn’t need this happening” in light of the pending liquor license review, according to the police report.The Hurricane is under the microscope regarding its liquor license after several complaints related to noise and rowdy behavior were filed by nearby residents and business owners in recent months. The matter is before the town’s Board of Trustees on Oct. 3.Foulkrod personally dropped a copy of the police report by The Valley Journal office on Tuesday afternoon, and apologized for his actions.”I apologize for my behavior; I don’t think it was appropriate,” he said. “I think the Hurricane acted appropriately in denying me access to the bar.”The police report also indicated that Foulkrod is no longer allowed on the Hurricane property.

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