LPD: Madsen’s to face charges after compliance check

Authorities responded to a Lincoln pool hall Sunday for pandemic enforcement. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Authorities responded to a Lincoln pool hall Sunday for pandemic enforcement.

Police said charges will be filed against Madsen’s Bowling & Billiards after employees and customers inside the business were seen not wearing masks.

The business made headlines earlier this year when its general manager, Ben Madsen, publicly refused to enforce local health measures, including the city’s mask mandate.

After a court hearing in which a judge declined to issue an injunction against Madsen’s, Lincoln police enforced a health department-mandated shutdown at the business. Madsen’s later reopened after health officials said it submitted an acceptable compliance plan.

Madsen’s currently faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a closure order by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. Chris Ferdico, an attorney representing Ben Madsen in the case, says a hearing has scheduled later this month during which he hopes to get the charge dismissed.

A city spokesperson told Channel 8 Eyewitness News no charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

 

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