Judge upholds denial of Suthern Kumfort license
GONZALES - A judge in Ascension Parish has upheld the denial of a sexually-oriented business license for a troubled gentleman's club in Prairieville.
The Suthern Kumfort's license was originally not approved by Councilman Pat Bell, after a clerical error delayed the license from reaching his desk by a few months.
During that time a murder at the lounge led investigators with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to look into the club's business practices. They said they found evidence the registered owner, Steve Duke, was not the actual owner.
The lounge has been closed since May 6, the day after a man was beaten and killed by a 20-year-old patron at the lounge.
Lester Kenyon with the Ascension Parish President's office said the judge had at least five days to submit his written decision in the case, and that the attorney for the lounge said they would appeal the decision.