UPDATE @ 7:57 p.m.: The restraining order for Krickets Tavern will be dropped in favor of a settlement agreement bound by a consent decree, according to City Attorney Michael Bly said.
“We are not in the business of closing down businesses in the city of Huber Heights,” Bly said. “We are in the business of protecting the community’s peace, sobriety and good order.”
Joshua Hamilton, 19, of Springfield, was shot dead inside the bar Sept. 27. The city asked for and was granted a restraining order after that incident.
Since then, owner Darlene Boyd has installed additional lighting inside and outside the bar, purchased metal detecting equipment and hired professional security.
Bly said Boyd’s efforts led to Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman’s modification of the restraining order so that, effective today, Krickets may conduct business from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
“I don’t think that the city would have been in a position to agree to allow them to stay open if they weren’t willing to make and implement the changes they’ve done,” Bly said. He added that, because 19 of the 27 calls made to police from Krickets Tavern in a 20-month period were placed after 2 a.m., evidence showed that the city could safely extend the bar’s hours until 1 a.m.
Boyd’s attorney, Jeffrey Slyman, said the judge’s decision is a “baby step” toward returning the bar’s hours to what they were prior to the homicide.
Both sides are to return to court on Dec. 9 to give the judge an update on the business.
Meanwhile, Huber Heights police Sgt. Charles Taylor said his officers will continue to monitor the bar closely.
A judge extended but modified a restraining order against Krickets Tavern.
The bar can now stay open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays starting Saturday, Nov. 7.
Krickets can operating from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday.
Krickets was the scene of a deadly shooting of Joshua Hamilton, 19, of Springfield, inside the bar on Sept. 27. The city then filed a restraining order against the bar.