New Twins Bar ownership under police scrutiny

By KBJR News 1

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 20, 2014 at 10:48 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The Twin's Bar in Duluth's Central Hillside is under scrutiny by police following an incident over the weekend in which a security guard shot at a man with a gun during a fight outside the bar.

But that incident is the beginning, according to Police.

Data released by police shows calls of service to the Twins Bar on East 4th Street have tripled since new owners took it over in November of 2013.

Data shows police responded to 58 calls involving disturbances, fights and assaults between November 16th and February 16th.

This past weekend's incident involved a 73-year-old security guard at the bar who fired two shots at a man with a gun when he didn't comply with putting the gun down.

It's the second incident involving a gun in the past four months. Police say there was another incident involving a gun on December 20th.

On Wednesday, police sent the property owner of the Twins and business owner an Excessive Use of Police Services letter.

This means the Twins Bar could be charged for nuisance events or activities that generate extraordinary costs to the city over and above the costs of providing normal law enforcement services and police protection.

The bar could be charged up to $250 per call over the next 90 days.

The Last Place on Earth was ordered to have police presence at the East Superior street location during business hours before it closed and its owner jailed.

The action in the case of the Twins Bar is different. If police are called to Twins Bar again the bar will be charged. The charge will be made on a case by case basis going forward.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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