City: Star Cafe could face legal problems

Published 11:00 pm Friday, May 11, 2012

The operators of the Star Cafe where a man was critically injured in a shooting this week could be facing legal trouble.

According to the City of Troy and the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, the Star Cafe has no business license and no liquor license.

“There are legal procedures that can happen,” said ABC Lt. Thomas Price. “We will stand behind [Troy] and help them any way we can.”

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Sgt. Benny Scarbrough with the Troy Police Department said officers are working with the city and ABC Board to investigate and follow local and state laws.

Operators of the Star Cafe approached the Troy City Council some time ago and were denied a liquor license, said Troy City Clerk Alton Starling.

Starling said, “At this point, there is no license of any kind for Star Cafe.”

While there seems to be some question of whether or not the Star Cafe was operating as a business, or a gathering place where people were allowed to bring their own liquor. Price said there is no doubt alcohol was being sold on the premises.

“We made a purchase,” Price said. “They were selling. We bought alcohol and we bought marijuana.”

The ABC Board, city and TPD are now working to investigate, what, if any, charges or punishment is due to the operators of the Star Cafe.

Early Sunday morning, a fight at the Star Cafe led to a shooting where one man was wounded in the neck and transported to a hospital in Birmingham in critical condition.

Police responded to the scene about 1:45 a.m. The cafe is located on the outskirts of the Troy Police jurisdiction at 10912 U.S. Highway 231 South.

The suspected shooter is described as being about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and about 180 lbs. He was reportedly wearing a black shirt with a logo on the front and black jeans.

The shooting investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to call the Troy Police Department at 566-0500 or the Secret Witness line at 566-5555.