HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A South Hutchinson businessman who wants to sell liquor on Sunday finds himself in trouble with the law.
Greg Dovel was arrested on March 18 and has been formally charged with aggravated battery and criminal threat.
According to court documents, Dovel suspected an employee of stealing some change from him. On Nov. 18 of last year, Dovel allegedly waited for the employee. When he saw the employee grab some change, Dovel is accused of confronting him, battering the employee and causing injuries to his face. Dovel also allegedly threatened the employee and told him to tell no one about the incident.
This case was originally investigated by South Hutchinson police, but after former Police Chief Mark Thompson was not retained, the investigation was taken over by the Reno County Sheriff’s Office.
Dovel, who is opening a liquor and smoke shop in South Hutchinson, has been trying to get the city council to pass Sunday liquor sales. The city has made no decision on the matter.