At a meeting last night Williston Mayor Howard Klug and commissioners unanimously approved the suspension of the liquor licenses from both Whispers and Heartbreaker’s in downtown Williston. Both establishments are located on Williston’s main street downtown. They will lose their licenses for 60 days due to an increase in calls about the businesses.
In 2013, the Williston Police Department received 120 calls to the area. Since then they have responded to 189, an significant increase in issues surrounding the strip clubs. Common complaints include service of alcohol to a minor, the sale or use of alcohol on the street, acts prohibited on a licensed premise and the sale of alcohol to overly intoxicated individuals.
The Dickinson Press reported yesterday that Detective David Peterson also presented a detailed list of major police investigations surrounding the establishments, including the death of Dean Niderklopfer outside of Whispers on Aug. 8.
Attorneys for the clubs claimed that the businesses have been attempting to increase their bouncer security as far as they can.