Sheriff's office makes recommendation against 1102

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, January 9, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga -- First Super C, then Club Dreams, now a popular downtown bar with its liquor license on the line, after a fight on New Years leaves a man with severe injuries.

Now, city leaders will also decide the fate of 1102 Bar and Grill.

"You know one guy starts it with a cop and that draws a whole crowd." This is what Mike Guthrie told News 12 in October of 2006 after a fight on a First Friday cost his business one thousand dollars in lost revenue. Now, it Guthrie himself that may cost 1102 its liquor license.

Sgt. Richard Elim told News 12, "It's a serious issue, not only because the owner was involved, but the significance of the injuries to the victim in this case."

The victim, 31-year-old Billy Carlisle, underwent nine hours of reconstructive surgery to his face; investigators say Mike Guthrie is to blame.

"We thought that an alcohol applicant being charged with a felony in Richmond County, especially in connection with an event that occurred at his business, was significant enough to take action," Sgt. Elim said.

Their recommendation? Suspending or revoking the liquor license. Elim says probation is not an option. "The sheriff is trying to take a more proactive approach," he said.

Recent examples: The Commission voted to revoke Super C's liquor license after a deadly shooting last year, and the fate of Club Dreams is also in the Commission's hands this month after another shooting at that nightclub.

Now Sgt. Elim says 1102 is added to the list, which concerns its other owners and patrons like Virginia Skelton.

"It's part of the culture down here, it's something different. Augusta needs more, not less," Skelton said.

Daniel Alsdorf agrees, "We just need to take a step back and look at the whole picture and not because of one instance do something that would basically cut business in half because their bar is well known."

Sgt. Elim also agrees that it's a well known bar not known as a trouble spot by the sheriff's office, but "it's a public safety issue and that's what we deal with, public safety issues."

Mike Guthrie is charged with Aggravated Battery, which is a felony. News 12 called him for his side of the story, but he has not returned our calls.

The sheriff's office says they don't know his side of the story either because he hasn't given them a statement on the fight.

All of this will go before the Augusta Commission, but no date is set.

The victim is still with family recovering, under heavy medication and working on talking and eating solid foods as his face continues to heal.

Disclosure: The victim's sister is an employee at News 12. She is not involved in covering this story.


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  • by Amazing on Jan 23, 2008 at 07:57 AM
    Its amazing that this story has dropped like a rock. Guess that speaks to the truth of the story.
  • by another question on Jan 14, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    What an answer that was! Obviously a member of the media. WAKE UP! This is America. Just because News 12 said so and the Sheriff department made an arrest DOES NOT make a person guilty in AMERICA! (Need we go into examples?) Every FREE American has the right to a trial by JURY, not trial by MEDIA. The media has found to many people guilty without their fair trial. I did not place blame on any on anyone except for to say News 12 was acting as Judge and Jury in this case. Its also amazing that you can read my post and assume my age. You must be brilliant, so brilliant you resort to name calling for me asking a simple question which obviously goes against your views of the story.
  • by Nathan Justice Location: Augusta on Jan 13, 2008 at 07:08 PM
    Yeah well the punk who got beat: Don't write checks your *** can't cash. The city of Augusta is going to put a bunch of people out of work because one guy beat the hell outta some outta control drunk. Brilliant! Augusta is run by a bunch of idiots. MG beating him up probably kept him from driving that night and killing someone.
  • by nope Location: augusta on Jan 12, 2008 at 02:27 PM
    i was there MG was hummered too!!!
  • by Drunkguy6969 Location: Downtown on Jan 12, 2008 at 01:28 PM
    1102 sucks. They act like that because they're stupid. You don't almost kill someone because you're worried about their safety and the safety of your other patrons you almost kill someone because you need to learn to let some stuff go. Just come out of the closet mike and lay off the cocaine.
  • by observer on Jan 12, 2008 at 08:56 AM
    Awwwwww, poor MG!!!!!
  • by just an answer Location: Here on Jan 12, 2008 at 03:56 AM
    Interesting post from "Just a question". However, When a person has been charged with a felony by the Sheriff's office, arrested by that Sheriff's office, booked into that Sheriff Office's Jail, it is assumed by most reasonable people that there must be some sort of connection. Felony arrest warrents are the result of an investigation by a Violent Crimes Detective, they are taken seriously, and thus are delt out by the warrant office with caution. I can only assume you are one of the sea of MG supporters which, (based on the posts I have read), compels you to be completely irrational about the situation and blame the drunk, blame the cops, blame CHANNEL 12?? You have got to be kidding me. .....If you want to blame someone, blame the mini Steven Segal who jumps on gimps, not a news channel thats been around since you were born, or a drunk dude who has been beaten so bad he can't talk 2 weeks later, or the cops doing their job. While your at it, blame yourself for being ignorant.
  • by poster Location: augusta on Jan 11, 2008 at 04:51 PM
    I guess News 12 lets Mr Carlisle's sister control the post on here as well. There are some missing that where here earlier today. I wonder what time she came to work?
  • by anonymous on Jan 11, 2008 at 11:35 AM
    Just a question, has anyone stopped to think what is going to happen if the charges are dropped because MG did nothing wrong. Everyone is quick to judge him as guilty (partially or fully) in some regard, because News 12 anchors (and their producer) said he was. Wonder what is going to happen then?? Job opening for a producer?? Maybe MG can buy the station and name himself producer after winning a defamation suit, which would be well deserved after the personal vendetta that has been waged against him on the stations news broadcast. But I am sure we don't have to worry about that because News 12 said he is so I guess he is. The media's always right, just ask them.
  • by observer on Jan 11, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    To the last poster, anonymous, until someone here can tell us what Carlisle did to deserve a trip to the hosptial, then expect people to be "biased". Guthrie needs to lay off watching Roadhouse for a while and take Yoga or something.
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