New London Club Owner Arrested On Liquor Charges

NEW LONDON, CT (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — New London nightclub owner Kenny McNeil, who has been named as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit as well as the subject of criminal charges in the wake of an apparent overdose death at New London's El 'n' Gee Club, has been arrested again.

According to a report in the New London Day, McNeil was arrested at the club at 12:45 PM on December 18th on charges of liquor violations for the alleged sale of alcohol after hours. The charges stem from a party held in the basement of the club after hours in which Mechelle Rutka, 25, was allegedly sold alcohol and cocaine. Witnesses reported that after Rutka had passed out, several hours passed as club employees waited, concerned that they would get in trouble. According to the witness allegations, the two employees eventually moved her outside and called the police at 7 am.

At the time, Police arrested McNeil and his wife on charges that they had lied to investigators. Both were released on bond. The new charges stem from the same incident. McNeil is also the subject of a civil lawsuit which asserts that McNeil broke several liquor laws by selling Rutka alcohol when she was already intoxicated.

McNeil is scheduled to appear in court on January 2nd.

The El 'n' Gee Club, long a New England staple for up and coming indie rock, punk, ska and hardcore bands as well as regional acts had closed in 2003 and then re-opened under the name Club Hip-Notic as a hip-hop/dance club before resuming its better known name this year. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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