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Patron files Dram Shop suit against Cellar Room following assault

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 16, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE – A patron is suing an Alton tavern in a Dram Shop suit, alleging he was injured when an intoxicated man attacked him.

Kenneth D. McNish filed the lawsuit March 10 in Madison County Circuit Court against The Cellar Room Tavern Inc., doing business as The Cellar Room, Charles Wiley of Alton and Kenneth W. Crutchley of Wood River, alleging Dram Shop Act violations and negligence. Wiley is the owner of The Cellar Room.

According to the complaint, on March 15, 2015, McNish was at the Cellar Room, located at 2708 East Broadway in Alton, when employees of the tavern sold alcohol to Crutchley.

The suit says Crutchley allegedly became drunk and attacked and beat McNish without provocation.


As a result of the assault, the plaintiff alleges he was injured internally and externally, cannot tend to his usual duties and affairs, and has accrued and will continue to accrue substantial medical bills.

McNish seeks a trial by jury, at least $50,000 from each defendant for each of the five counts, plus court costs and other relief the court deems proper. He is represented by attorney Ronald J. Foster Jr. of Walton Telken Foster LLC in Edwardsville.


Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-327

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