4 Arrested in Autauga County, Deputies Close Down Bar


By Morgan Hightower

A coordinated effort by agents of the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) and Autauga County Sheriff’s Office this Saturday resulted in the early closure of a local establishment.

Law enforcement officers learned that an establishment located at 2111 Hwy 82W, in Prattville, known as the “Hollywood Palace” was allegedly providing alcoholic beverages and entertainment without proper licensing.

“It was learned that a entrance fee was charged along with purchases for alcoholic beverages,” said Chief Deputy Joe Sedinger. He continued, “Without a license to sell alcoholic beverages, this is a clear violation of Alabama law.” The Chief Deputy related that officers noted an influx of traffic arriving at the establishment even while law enforcement was present. “Driving and alcoholic beverages don’t mix,” concluded the Chief.

Records indicate George Bernard Pickett, the establishment owner, has applied with the ABC for a license to operate for on premise sells and consumption.

Autauga County Sheriff “Herbie” Johnson stated that citizens become concerned when establishments serve alcoholic beverages. “They become even more concerned when the establishments fail to follow the rules and laws.”

Arrested were George Bernard Pickett, 42, of 801 Blue Grass Drive, Prattville, Donald Ray Johnson Jr., 24, 1359 Hwy 14W, Prattville, Gwendolyn Diana Pickett, 49, 424 Co Rd 4W., Prattville, and Barbara Ann Lewis, 40, 107 Co Rd 4W, Prattville, Alabama, for Sales of Alcohol Without a License.

All four suspects were incarcerated at the Autauga Metro Jail where bonds for each individual were set at $1,000.00.

(Information Source: Autauga County Sheriff's Office)

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