Nightlife in Downtown Kennewick causing some problemsPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police arrested a man Thursday night for a number of charges. They said he harassed a customer at a bar, assaulting bar security and damaging to the back of the police car after he was arrested.
The Music Machine store recently paid 3,000 dollars to have their front window fixed after someone smashed it. Police said alcohol was involved in both cases.
Harrison Hughes works at the music store and said, "I think everyone is got the right to have a business and come down and be entertained the only thing is I wish it was more controlled so we don't end up with as much garbage and damage in downtown."
Harrison Hughes said his mornings start by cleaning up from the night before. He said people leave beer cans, cigarette butts and once in a while he will find evidence of drug use.
Police said they have seen a rise in another problem. Authorities report that since the smoking ban has gone into effect more people are gathering outside the bars to smoke.
Kennewick Sergeant Ken Lattin said, "It goes without saying people come outside the bar they've been drinking they have to go and don't want to wait in line to get back in the bar and find some sort of dark corner and take care of business."
Several bar employees said their job is to maintain control inside the bar and police report that they are doing a great job of keeping that control inside, but the problems arise when people flood the streets.