By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
The fight to keep his business open is taking place on two different fronts.
Brownstone Restaurant and Lounge owner Jason Upthegrove is fighting to keep his liquor license and fighting to clear his name in a court of law.
Your News Now has learned Upthegrove faces two charges in Lima Municipal Court, one dating back to February, a misdemeanor of the first degree, "Keeping a Disorderly House" related to his bar.
He also faces a 'Disorderly Conduct' charge that was filed in mid-March.
The "Keeping a Disorderly House" charge has Upthegrove angry because it alleges he permits drug use in his bar.
He says he will fight this charge to the 'bitter end', there will be no plea bargain.
Upthegrove says if the "Keeping a Disorderly House" charge is valid, it would mean every time a student in school gets in a fight or is found with drugs or a weapon, the superintendent should be charged.
He knows that's not the case so he wonders why he is being charged.
Upthegrove also says he'll request 'Privilege of the Floor' at Lima City Council for the forseeable future related to his liquor license.
Upthegrove says he should receive a public apology from the Lima Police Department for the actions they've taken.
Council voted 6 to 1 last week not supporting the renewal of Upthegrove's liquor license.