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Ladies and Gentlemen:
I have been advised by City Attorney Paul Eberhardy that the City has officially prevailed in the matter of the revocation of the Class B Combination Liquor license held by Cristie L. Bonchek. The matter has been dismissed in circuit court and it is not possible for Ms. Boncheck to refile. Mr. Eberhardy has provided me with the following Thirsty Moose Chronology.
The original combination Class B fermented beverages and intoxicating liquor licenses of Cristie Bonchek, owner of the Thirsty Moose,
Liquor License renewed on
A sworn complaint was filed by a citizen on
Citizen complainant withdraws complaint in November, 2008.
Common Council approves restructuring of Rules, Laws and Ordinances Committee on
Cudahy Police Chief Tom Poellot’s request to hire outside counsel for revocation of liquor license matters granted by the Common Council on January 20, 2009.
Chief Poellot and Sgt. Blunt worked with Attorney Adam Stephens to prepare a complaint. A complaint for revocation of this license was filed on
Cristie L. Bonchek appeared pro se on
The Committee scheduled a formal hearing for a later date,
A formal hearing was held on
Testimony was provided by Chief Thomas D. Poellot, Sgt. Chris Blunt, Sgt. Andrew Kitzrow, Cristie L. Bonchek, William M. Muszytowski, John Hieden, and Robb Chojacki. The hearing on the revocation dealt with allegations that the premises known as “Thirsty Moose” is the scene of chronic dangerous, violent and disorderly activity such as felony battery, fights, robbery and unreasonably loud, profane and boisterous noise - twenty-seven episodes in total that occurred between November 3, 2007 and January 25, 2009.
After a 5 ½ hour public hearing the Rules, Laws and Licensing Committee found that Ms. Cristie L. Bonchek, the licensee, has not met the criteria of Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin Statutes or Sections 12.02 and 12.03 of the Cudahy Code of Ordinances in that she keeps a disorderly, riotous, indecent and improper house, and that the continued operation of this premises constitutes a public nuisance and this premises and the conduct on the premises and in the immediate surrounding neighborhood has had a substantial adverse effect upon the health, safety convenience and prosperity of the neighborhood.
The Committee further recommended that the full Common Council of the City of
Atty. Eisenberg filed suit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on
Writ of Certiorari was asked for requesting judicial review. Show Cause hearing also asked for alleging that the City of
Later that same day, a new “complaint” is filed with the clerk of court. Judge on this matter is David A. Hansher. Due to medical issues a hearing date is set for the following Friday in front of Judge Thomas Cooper. Atty. Eisenberg’s pleadings are essentially the same as the original pleadings filed.
City files notice in opposition to new filing within two business days of getting served with the new pleadings.
Scheduling conference scheduled for
Atty. Eisenberg withdrew as counsel by Stipulation on
Witness lists were filed on June 10 and June 11.
City files objection to Bonchek Witness List on June 16.
On June 22 new counsel for the Moose advised that she would be sending an order for dismissal. Trial is cancelled.
Court received proposed order for dismissal on July 14.
Thomas D. Poellot, Chief of Police
Cudahy Police Department
Phone: (414) 769-2260
Fax: (414) 769-2259
Update – Sergeant Blunt informed the Neighborhood Blockwatch August 26 group that the Thirsty Moose saga in