Daily Archives: July 19, 2011

Wichita City Council revokes bar owner’s liquor license

In an emotional and contentious vote, Wichita City Council members today voted 4-3 to revoke liquor licenses from both Doobley’s bars — one at 767 N. West St., the other at 2415 W. 31st Street South.

Bar owner Robert Crandell said the move will likely kill his business. But his attorney, Jim Thompson, said he’ll file for a temporary injunction in district court that would allow the bar to stay open until the revocation is appealed in district court.

The revocation followed about two hours of testimony from police, city lawyers, Crandell and Thompson. The city argued that Crandell lied to police about what he knew after someone stomped on the head of an intoxicated patron in the Doobley’s parking lot on West Street in the early morning hours of June, 1, 2010. The victim barely survived. A suspect was charged with attempted homicide and later pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.

Crandell pleaded no contest to obstruction of justice in district court, but he said that was only because he couldn’t afford a legal battle and didn’t think it would lead to the revocation of his liquor license. Crandell said he did not provide false statements to police. Read More »

Sedgwick County might move Kansas Coliseum bulls to Delano

The shiny chrome bulls at the former Kansas Coliseum complex could go to a new home: Historic Delano west of downtown Wichita.

Staff has recommended that the longhorn John Kearney sculptures be moved to Delano because of the area’s ties to cattle drives. The Historic Delano website says that “Delano sprang up as a cowtown at the end of the Chisholm Trail and quickly gained a reputation as a place where trail-weary cowboys could take their rest and recreation in the many saloons and brothels.”

The sculptures need about $87,000 in repairs. One can’t be moved without them, staff said.

Maize South High School also has expressed interest in the bulls.

Commissioner Jim Skelton said he thinks whatever group gets the bulls should share in the cost of repairing them. Commissioner Richard Ranzau noted that Maize said they would move and repair the bulls at no cost to the county.

County commissioners consider options for former Kansas Coliseum

Sedgwick County commissioners this morning are considering options for the future of the former Kansas Coliseum complex.

Options include issuing a new request for proposals to developers, hiring a commercial broker to sell off all or parts of the property or auctioning off the complex.

County Manager William Buchanan said the ideal would be to find a developer who would want to operate the Kansas Pavilions, which remain open, “to get us out of that business.”

Buchanan said there are a few “tire kickers” who have expressed interest in the complex.

Britt Brown Arena has been closed at the complex since last year. The county made a commitment to keep the pavilions, popular for equestrian events, dog shows and swap meets, open through 2016.

But the county operates the pavilions at a loss. The budgeted subsidy for the complex next year is $584,000.

In 2009, the county asked developers for their ideas for the complex. Three groups submitted ideas, all of which the county rejected. One idea was a rodeo complex.