The owner of a strip club in Westbrook that is closed because of code violations
apparently has workers putting in late hours to make repairs. At 1 a.m. Sunday,
police were checking commercial buildings along Warren Avenue when they "came
upon activity that appeared to indicate that Dreamers Cabaret was open for
business," the city said in a news release, even though the club's occupancy
permit had been revoked in September. Inside, a few women were serving coffee
while the music system blared, a disco ball spun overhead and lights flashed,
Westbrook police say.
In a separate AJ article, Westbrook Police Chief Bill Baker responded to the criticism expressed by the strip club owner's lawyer, Thomas Hallett:
Baker responded harshly Thursday, saying in an e-mail, "As Police Chief in this- John C.L. Morgan
community I am responsible for the safety and well being of our citizens. I find
Mr. Hallett's assertion that the City is being ‘childish,' or that the police
are being ‘overvigilant' rather silly." Later in his press release, Baker seemed
to insinuate that the people at the club in the early morning hours of Dec. 5
had criminal backgrounds. "It's our job to be vigilant in the presence of people
with histories of bank robbery, kidnapping, extortion, narcotics trafficking,
prostitution, aggravated assault, assault and battery with dangerous weapons,
terrorizing, burglary in the night time, assault and battery on police officers,
etc.," he wrote, adding, "This of course is not a direct reflection on Mr.
Hallett's client (Dreamers owner Larry Ferrante) who has no such history."