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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On January 5, a judge ordered that the liquor license for JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) be turned over to the federal government as part of a plea deal in a cocaine trafficking case. The defendant, Lawrence Carl Nelson, pled guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nelson, a co-owner of the license, is believed to have bankrolled the club’s 2012 purchase by a partnership known as The Vice Group. Also seized by the feds was a $1 million promissory note from The Vice Group to Nelson, according to the judge’s order.

The strip club was evicted from its building last July for nonpayment of rent, and the building has been vacant since then. The landlords found the original liquor license on the premises and turned it over to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the club’s former owner, Michael Papanicolas, is suing The Vice Group and its spokesman, Paul Kadlick, for breach of contract. Papanicolas claims he is owed at least $375,000 from the 2012 sale. There was a hearing on the case held January 9, but no defendants showed up. Another hearing has been scheduled for March 27.

As for the building, the owners of The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) are in talks to move to the larger JP’s space. Although neither the landlords nor the Mason Inn owners are talking publicly about the negotiations, the Georgetown Current has reported that the Mason Inn owners are interested in purchasing the building.

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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Late at night on December 19, a 1998 Nissan two-door sedan with Virginia plates was stolen from outside Jimmy John’s (2428 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The owner parked the car around 10 p.m. and returned a few hours later to find it missing, the report stated.

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Around 2 p.m. on December 5, a shopper at CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) lost two credit cards and $160 in cash to a pickpocket, according to a police report.

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On December 17, a man sleeping in the vestibule at Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.) became abusive when asked by a staff member to leave. The man pointed a pocket knife at the staffer and addressed him using profanity and racial slurs, according to a police report. The man fled on foot after the staffer called 911.

 

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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On November 9, a black Nishiki bicycle valued at $300 was stolen from a rack in front of the Salvadoran Consulate (2332 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The bike was locked to the rack while the owner worked out across the street at Washington Sports Club (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) around 9 p.m.

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From the December 2014-January 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
A masseur charged with a sexual assault at Massage Escape Spa (2352 Wisconsin Ave.) is believed to have fled to China, court documents show. Zhenkai Tong, who worked under the name “Tommy,” was arrested on October 4 after a client called police to report that he had violated her digitally during a massage. Two days later, Tong was charged with felony sex abuse and released on his own recognizance. He was ordered to surrender his passport to authorities, but instead used it to flee the country around October 9, court documents state.

News4’s Shomari Stone interviewed the client. When the massage became invasive, she told Stone, “my first thought was, ‘Am I going to die here?’ I felt that literally nobody knew where I was.” The client yelled for Tong to stop, but he held her down on the table and told her there was still time left her the massage, according to the criminal complaint. After she was able to free herself, Tong told her, “It’s OK. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” the complaint states.

On October 27, the client filed suit against the spa and Groupon, through which she had received a discount for the massage. The suit alleges that Tong was not properly licensed and that spa management failed to take corrective action after a prior customer posted a warning about inappropriate sexual contact on the spa’s Yelp page. At press time, neither defendant had filed a formal response to the suit. An initial conference in the case is scheduled for January 30.

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

 On October 4, a female client of Massage Escape Spa (2352 Wisconsin Ave.) reported a sexual assault by her male masseur. She told police that the man had touched her inappropriately and invasively during a massage. The man was arrested, and an investigation of the case is ongoing.

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Last month, we told you that the former owner of JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) was suing the man he sold the strip club to. Michael Papanicolas claims that Paul Kadlick still owes him $375,000 on the sale. (Wisconsin Ventures LLC, a corporation with which Kadlick is affiliated, is a co-defendant in Papanicolas’s suit.) On October 17, Papanicolas appeared in court to say he hadn’t yet been able to find Kadlick to serve him papers in the lawsuit.

Too bad Papanicolas wasn’t at the courthouse the day before: Kadlick was there in person for sentencing in an assault case. That case sprang from an incident in March of 2013 when Kadlick and two of his business associates—including Phil Mathew, the managing partner of JP’s—broke into a rental house in Southeast and punched its resident in an attempt to get him to move out. According to court documents, they called the victim a “squatter,” though he told police he paid rent. (Ironically, JP’s was evicted from its building in July of this year for nonpayment of rent.)

Kadlick pled guilty to the assault and, on October 16, received a 45-day suspended sentence and was ordered to complete six months of probation. Mathew also pled guilty, but at press time had not been sentenced.

That’s the misdemeanor portion of this month’s JP’s news. In the felony portion: it turns out that one of the club’s financial backers, Lawrence Carl Nelson, was indicted in Maryland last year for conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and for possessing two firearms as a former felon. The federal government identified the JP’s liquor license as one of Nelson’s assets. His indictment stated that, if he were convicted, the government would seize the license. In a restraining order, it forbade Kadlick, Mathew, and their associates from disposing of it.

On May 9 of this year, Nelson pled guilty to both of the charges against him. His sentencing hearing is set for Monday, January 5. Several parties, including Kadlick, Papanicolas, and the Alafoginis family—the stiffed landlords of 2412 Wisconsin Avenue—may try to lay claim to the license.

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From the November 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On September 22, Surfside (2444 Wisconsin Ave.) was the site of a second-degree theft: someone stole one bottle of Grey Goose vodka and three bottles of Jose Cuervo tequila. Security video footage showed the culprit: a tall, thin man who looked to be in his 40s. Police printed out still shots of the thief and distributed them to other businesses on the commercial strip.

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