Deborah Wohle owns a small bar in Apache Junction, Arizona she is now facing possible jail time for trying to save her business.
Wohle’s bar Lucky Strikes has been devastated by the coronavirus lockdowns in her state.
In late March. When Gov. Doug Ducey issued his first stay at home order Wohle closed her business. A few weeks later she saw that other bars in the city were offering takeout so she decided to do the same. Wohle called her employees and posted on Facebook April 19th Lucky Strikes would be open for takeout.
Someone who saw the post called the Apache Junction Police.
In the police report Sgt. Daniel Saldana wrote that he spoke with Wohle twice. On the first call he “advised her about the executive order’s rules for food and drink establishments.” Wohle told Saldana that she had spoken with the Mayor Jeff Serdy, who approved of her outdoor takeout set up.
Saldana called her back and said that she needs to comply with the governor’s order.
Police then sent a patrol officer over and cited Wohle.
The Blaze reports:
The officers cited her for violating the executive order and ordered her to disperse the gathering, which Wohle said she did. She faces a class 1 misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 6 months in jail and $2,500 in fines, plus surcharges. Her next court date is Aug. 5.
Mayor Serdy has confirmed that he spoke with Wohle about her outdoor setup and approved it. He is supporting Wohle:
“Our businesses have been punished enough, let’s help them survive,” Serdy said.
Attorney Kurt Altman is helping Wohle pro bono and said that Wohle did not violate the executive order and believes the governor’s order is unconstitutional.
“The executive order is incredibly unclear,” Altman said. “Nobody knew if they were in compliance or noncompliance or what they were supposed to do. Quite frankly I don’t think the governor knew what people could or couldn’t do.”
Wohle said that her business isn’t going to last much longer and as of July 23 is still under a lockdown order.
“I thought this was America. Where has our freedom gone?” Despite taking every precaution, 70-year-old Deborah Wohle could face JAIL TIME for running takeout during lockdown. You can help her fight against the unconstitutional restrictions here https://t.co/PhUsy8Ab8E pic.twitter.com/T9BUzHIYsi
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) August 3, 2020