JANUARY 16, 1987/MONTROSE VOICE 3
Bar Owners Irked by City's Health Codes
By Sheri Cohen Darbonne
Local bar owners may mount an aggressive campaign to alert Houston City
Council members of "ridiculous" codes
and regulations they say have been
passed by an uninformed council at the
recommendation ofthe Houston Health
Suggesting a possible "buddy" relationship between health department
officials and certain plumbers and electricians, Alan Pierce told other
members of the Houston Organization
of Bar Owners at its monthly meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 14, that restrictive
new codes were being railroaded past a
Man in Jail
in Other Crimes
While an FBI lab report has apparently
cleared Darryl James Jackson of a 1985
murder in Bellaire, Houston police say
the ex-convict and accused robber is still
a strong suspect in a Houston homicide.
Jackson was arrested Wednesday,
Jan. 7, and charged two days later with
two counts of robbery after two people
identified him in a lineup, police said. In
each case, the robbery victim was a gay
man who met Jackson in a Montrose
bar. The alleged robberies took place in
the men's Southwest Houston homes.
Because of similarities in the circumstances surrounding the crimes and
Jackson's attitude, police announced at
the time that Jackson was also a suspect in the murders of two men who met
their killers in gay bars. The victims,
Pete St. George and William Wayne
Price, both were stabbed to death in
their homes, and in both cases the
attackers stole the victims' cars.
But Bellaire Asst. Chief M.E.
McGuire said Tuesday, Jan. 13, that an
F.B.I, laboratory investigation showed
no match between Jackson's hair and
fingerprints and hair samples and
prints taken from the scene of the St.
George homicide in December 1985.
"At this point, we're no longer considering him a suspect," McGuire said?
"Our case is still open, unless we come
across additional information."
St. George was the former owner of
The Brasserie, a Montrose restaurant.
Meanwhile, Sgt. S.L. Morrison said
Houston police have evidence connecting Jackson to the Dec. 7, 1986, murder
of Price. Morrison said property belonging to Price was found on Jackson when
he was arrested on the robbery charges.
Police attempted to question Jackson
about the case, but the suspect refused
to talk, Morrison said.
"He's been in the penitentiary twice
before. You get to be a 'jailhouse lawyer'
after awhile, he knows what not to say,"
Jackson remains in Harris County-
Jail, with bail set at $100,000.
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council that did not understand the
At issue are new regulations regarding the type of sink that must he
installed in the businesses, sealing-in
all soft drink lines and the required size
of water lines, which the bar owners
contend is often inconsistent with needs
of the individual establishment.
"There is a tremendous amount of
inconsistency in the codes (the Health
Department) is adopting," Pierce,
HOBO president, said. "I would like to
see some organized, offensive efforts
from our side."
He recommended appearing before
council to explain the more questionable or wasteful policies and the problems they present to business people.
Jay Allen added that the health
department is usually "unbending" in
requiring businesses to adhere to the
written rules, although it is at the discretion of the inspector to decide whether
the codes have been met.
Bar owners reopening after a fire, as
well as those trying to open a new business, are required to meet all ofthe new
regulations. Pierce said.
In other business, the group decided
to offer a $500 reward from the Marion
Pantzer Reward Fund for information
leading to the arrest of a man who
stabbed and robbed a Brazos River Bottom bartender, provided enough information is made available to put
together a flyer and a composite sketch
of the attacker.
The fund, established following the
murder of Pantzer for the purpose of discouraging personal assault and arson
in Montrose, currently has over $5,500
in its reserve.
Pierce reported that the November
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
report indicated a "bounce back" in bar
business compared to the October report
which showed a severe business slump
due to the raising ofthe drinking age to
21 in September.
Jay Allen reported that a major fundraiser for the Bar Owners Association of
Texas will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21,
at The Galleon. Allen said the statewide
lobbying organization desperately
needs the money to pay a $6000 debt to
the Internal Revenue Service.
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