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On March 18, 2016 the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control agency royally screwed up and posted incorrect information regarding violation reports in mid March. 


The 2011 document was still posted incorrectly as the March 2016 violation report at the time we published this story.

One of their sharp clerical employees posted a five year old document instead of the current month's violation report.

We believe that ABC employee that posted the old information was Karen Blagg.


Blagg is a terrible speller and documents she types often have numerous errors. One attorney for the ABC, Milton Luken, accused her of botching up a transcript in a legal proceeding. I know they are glad she is retiring.

So, on March 21, 2016 Jonesboro television KAIT staff checked the ABC website to see if any area establishments had been found to have violated an ABC rule or regulation.  

According to the document the ABC posted, two popular restaurants,  Kandela Mexican Grill and Fuji Japanese Steakhouse each had been fined $400 and placed on probation for 90 days for serving underage individuals (cooperating underage minors illegally buying booze in violation of Arkansas laws no doubt).

So KAIT posted a story about the two restaurants serving underage individuals and informed viewers that the two establishments could not sell alcoholic beverages for the next 90 days. Can you say "business killer"?

After KAIT ran the story, numerous individuals contacted both restaurants to find out if they were still operating since they couldn't sell booze. After all, who wants a chimichanga without a cerveza or sushi without sake. 

Naturally,  the restaurants complained to KAIT and they "apologized" for their mistake in reporting information that ABC purported to be a correct and accurate report of March 2016 violations.  KAIT then posted a correction.


We contacted both restaurants and were told that they were inundated with calls and social media messages after KAIT ran the erroneous story based on the ABC's bungling mistake. Both reported a loss of business in March which they attribute directly to the ABC publishing the five year old report instead of the correct report.

KAIT news director Josh White told us that "they did not notice the document the ABC had listed as their March 2016 violation report was actually one from March 16, 2011." 

The ABC needs an overhaul.  They have some tainted individuals in positions for which they lack the necessary qualifications, credentials and experience. 

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