WILKES-BARRE – The former Outsiders Bar & Restaurant, the scene of a fatal drive-by shooting last year that took the life of popular disc jockey, was raided early Saturday morning by law enforcement officials for selling alcohol without a license.
Members of the state police’s Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, along with Wilkes-Barre Police and state Department of Parole and Probation officers, raided the bar at 2:45 a.m.
The city’s Code Enforcement Department also shut down the building at 650 S. Main St. Posted on first- and second-floor doors were yellow notices declaring the building “Unfit for human habitation” due to electrical-related code violations.
The raid was the result of a month-long investigation into sales of alcohol without a license, according to a news release.
Liquor and money was confiscated and charges are pending, police said.
Attempts to contact Louis Weihbrecht, the owner of the liquor license, were unsuccessful Saturday.
A day before the raid, police responded to a report of fight at the bar just before 3 a.m. and arrested a man from Queens, N.Y. Police said Michael Andre, 23, ignored commands to stop and continued to fight with patrons. Police said Andre was apprehended as he tried to flee, but put up a fight as he was placed into custody. He was taken to police headquarters and held until he was sober, police said.
Still under investigation is the death of Michael Onley, 34, known professionally as “DJ Mo,” of Madison Street, Wilkes-Barre.
He was fatally shot in the patio area of Outsiders on Oct. 13, 2013. Witnesses stated the gunfire originated near a silver or gray vehicle, possibly a Mercedes Benz, that was traveling on South Pennsylvania Avenue when Onley was killed, according to search warrant affidavits.
Onley died from a single gunshot wound to his head, according to an autopsy done by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office.
In January, a judge’s ruling essentially shut down the bar.
Weihbrecht sought to stay open and continue to operate while the decision denying the renewal of its liquor license to Commonwealth Court was appealed, but on Jan. 8, Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lesa Gelb denied that request.
The bar has a history of operational violations, and they figured into the state Liquor Control Board’s decision not to renew the license in March of 2013.
Outsiders was issued 23 violations it opened in 2003. The license holder paid $15,100 in fines and the license was suspended for a total of 32 days since it opened for business.The license holder filed a legal challenge on April 3 to the PLCB’s decision.
A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has said Outsiders cannot serve alcohol, but can serve food.
Staff writer Jerry Lynott contributed to this report.