Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Police Commissioner John Barbieri are pursuing the shut down of Carregan’s Lounge, citing public safety and quality of life issues.
According to the mayor’s office, there have been 66 calls for service since January 1 within 60 feet of the lounge. During the same time period, there were 8 reported victims of aggravated assaults, to include:
- 4 incidents involving victims being shot (5 victims)
- 1 incident in which a victim was stabbed
- 1 incident involving homophobic slurs in which a victim was attacked and suffered a broken jaw
- 1 incident in which a victim was jumped, beaten and pistol-whipped
“They do not respect the area, and that’s not fair to the residents here,” Mayor Sarno told 22News. “They’re allowing this mayhem to occur in their establishment and just feet away from their establishment. Not right, not right.”
Sarno said officers were most recently called to the area of the lounge early Friday morning, where they found a victim whose vehicle had been struck by gunfire following an argument in the bar parking lot.
“I have called for hearings and sanctions but now, after yet another incident of late night/early morning shots fired (June 22, 2018, at 1:44 a.m.) and in respect of our neighborhood residents, our SPD, public safety and preventing loss of life, I will move to instruct our City’s Director of Licensing Atty. Alesia Days and our License Commission to move to revoke any and all licenses ASAP,” Sarno said.
Barbieri echoed the mayor’s statement by calling the bar a “hotspot for criminal incidents.”
Scott Humphries is named as the owner of the lounge in License Commission hearing documents provided to 22News (Full document below).
Sarno and Barbieri held a news conference outside the Maple Street bar Friday afternoon. Prior to the news conference, there was a heated exchange between the two city leaders and a man who Sarno only described as “an attorney with a financial interest in the property.” 22News cameras caught part of the exchange on camera, you can watch it in the web extra video above.
Mayor Sarno’s full statement is below:
“Much like the ‘Kickback Lounge/Club Pandora’ past public safety neighborhood issues – in which we moved to successfully shut down – Carregan’s Lounge presents the same out of control and non-cooperative obstructive management scenario. This is unacceptable criminal behavior for our neighborhood residents, our brave and dedicated ‘men and women in blue’ and to me. Police have been called numerous times to respond to very negative activities of ‘gun play’ permeating from Carregan’s Lounge. I have called for hearings and sanctions but now, after yet another incident of late night/early morning shots fired (June 22, 2018 at 1:44 a.m.) and in respect of our neighborhood residents, our SPD, public safety and preventing loss of life, I will move to instruct our City’s Director of Licensing Atty. Alesia Days and our License Commission to move to revoke any and all licenses ASAP.”
Barbieri’s full statement is below:
“Carregan’s Lounge continues to be a hotspot for criminal incidents, causing a needless hazard to customers, neighboring residents and a drain on police resources that would be better utilized for patrolling neighborhoods.”
Springfield License Commission hearing document: