What was suppose to be day full trial testimony for a case against a local bar owner, turned into "case dismissed" instead.
The keeping a disorderly house charge against Brownstone owner and NAACP president Jason Upthegrove was dismissed in Lima Municipal Court Thursday morning.
The trial had been continued from last week until Thursday where as many as 20 witnesses were to take the stand testifying about events that happened during an administrative compliance check Lima Police conducted back in February.
The case stemmed around the burden of proof that Upthegrove allowed the smoking of marijuana in his business that night.
Upthegrove and City Law Director Tony Geiger have been in discussions about operational issues of the Brownstone and how to get patrons not to smoke marijuana in the bar.
Geiger tells Your News Now that the discussions with Upthegrove have been positive and that it would not be productive to pursue criminal charges against him.
Geiger and Upthegrove both say that the Brownstone could be a model for other establishments in the area that may find themselves having issues with patrons smoking marijuana in their bar.