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Arrested owner ran restaurant without license for months

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A Martinez hamburger joint reopened Wednes­day afternoon after the owner, charged with financial identity fraud, acquired the proper licensing to run the business.

Gregory Glover got a business license after being freed on bond.  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Gregory Glover got a business license after being freed on bond.

St. Louis Original Hamburgers, at 407 Furys Ferry Road, shut down Tuesday night but reopened Wednesday when owner Gre­gory Glover paid $190 in cash to obtain a business license. The restaurant had been operating without a license since it opened in April.

Glover is accused of trying to use somebody else’s Social Security number to open a bank account in August. Glover, who evaded arrest for about two weeks, turned himself in Tuesday and was released that evening on $15,200 bond, according to Columbia County Jail personnel.

On Wednesday, Glover went to the Columbia County Development Services division to pay his occupational tax, commonly referred to as a business license. The license was issued only after a code enforcement officer and health department inspector checked the restaurant and cleared it, said Development Ser­vices Director Richard Harmon.

Glover opened his restaurant in early April in the former Pickles Cafe & Grill space, which closed in 2012. At that time, he said 30 employees had been hired and that he already had plans of expanding the business.

Glo­ver never applied for permits before moving into the building, though he did have certification through the health department, Harmon said.

Glover told Harmon that employees tasked with retrieving the license never followed through, Harmon said.

“Pickles was closed for a while, and he just moved in and opened up,” he said. “Back then, when he first opened, I had three enforcement people working 5,000 occupational taxes and 6,000 complaints.”

Harmon said businesses operating without a license occasionally slip through the cracks, but once such a discrepancy is discovered, it’s immediately addressed.

“In this case, as soon as we found out, he was gone,” Harmon said.

He said he was prepared to issue Glover a citation in jail, but Glover had already bonded out and was in Harmon’s office by Wednes­day morning. After a citation is given, a magistrate court judge has to order a business to be shut down before the division director can act, Harmon said.

“I personally don’t have that authority to walk in and close the business down unless I know all the facts,” he said.

Glover, reached by phone Wednesday, said he couldn’t speak with a reporter. He directed any questions to his attorney but hung up without giving his lawyer’s name.

According to police reports, Glover previously owned Southern Builders & Land De­vel­opers. He was arrested in 2009 for refusing to pay a local plumbing company what the owner said he owed.

Glover was arrested later in 2009 on a charge of deposit account fraud at Howard Lumber Co. and counts of deposit account fraud, negotiating a fictitious check and first-degree forgery at F&M Bank in Martinez. He pleaded guilty to one count of deposit fraud in a 2011 plea deal in which he was put on three years of probation and ordered to pay a fine and restitution.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 09/25/13 - 10:20 pm
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No business license?

Since it opened in April? C'mon, everyone knows you need one of those! Curiouser and curiouser....

Augustaisdying
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Augustaisdying 09/26/13 - 02:10 am
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ColCo dropped the ball.
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It's okay. Richmond County doesn't even have a ball any more. We don't even have ice. We lost the recipe.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/26/13 - 05:54 am
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CC Licensing and Health Department. Shame on you CC.
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CC Licensing and Health Department. Shame on you CC.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/26/13 - 05:55 am
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Same people work in CC building code enforcement. Shame.
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Same people work in CC building code enforcement. Shame.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/26/13 - 05:57 am
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CC. Whatever fills those 1/10th acre lots and strip malls. Shame
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CC. Whatever fills those 1/10th acre lots and strip malls. Shame

bigj706
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bigj706 09/26/13 - 06:05 am
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I hope they get it together

I hope they get it together because they have good burgers.

curly123053
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curly123053 09/26/13 - 07:14 am
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Crooked!

Why would anyone patronize the business of a repeat offender, good food or not? Unless they are from Chicago! If he can't play by the rules he has no business being in business.

redfish
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redfish 09/26/13 - 08:07 am
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This story cannot be true....

The article says something bad happened in Columbia county and everyone knows that cannot be true. Columbia county is as close to heaven as one can experience while on Earth. Nothing bad ever happens in Columbia county.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/26/13 - 08:21 am
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Yeah I agree. Sad when

Yeah I agree. Sad when Richmond county criminals migrate into Columbia County to commit crimes-must be really competitive for criminal activity there to drive them into untouched territory.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/26/13 - 08:24 am
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Creates Exciting Ambiance

Oh, I don't know. I kind of like a restaurant ran by those on the shady side and frequented by high rolling mobsters. It creates a certain ambiance.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 09/26/13 - 09:02 am
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A Good One !!

@Riverman - that was a good one. Almost choked on my coffee, but it was good. What I don't understand is how can the Health Dept. grant their certificate, without them seeing a business license ? Mr. Glover needs to get his #$%^ together. Looks like possible jail time, this time. Shame.

csrareader
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csrareader 09/26/13 - 09:21 am
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We tried it a few months

We tried it a few months back, and the burgers were good. We haven't been back, but that is only because we don't get over to that neighborhood very often.

David Parker
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David Parker 09/26/13 - 09:53 am
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Close it post haste!

Probably be a lot more variety and dinner destinations if we all could open up shop regardless of whether we complied with pesky laws and regulations. I find no redeeming qualities in letting the business operate given the circumstances and the unfair advantage this business owner gained by circumventing what other's had to comply with.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/26/13 - 10:00 am
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Only tangentially related

From this story we learn that a person can be arrested for financial identity fraud. A person can be arrested for deposit account fraud. A person can be arrested for defrauding a plumber. Why don't they arrest people for voter fraud?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/26/13 - 10:04 am
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Theme

Hey, I just thought of a theme for a restaurant. They could call it "Big House Burgers."

The manager could dress in suit and tie like the warden. The chefs could dress in police uniforms like jailers. The wait staff could dress in prison stripes.

bikerides4u
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bikerides4u 09/26/13 - 10:15 am
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One visit was enough for me .

One visit was enough for me . (2) Burger combo's and a little salad $20.00 ! Ice tea was not drinkable . One order counter had a long line with menu not on wall only on counter . Slow Slow Slow every aspect . Wendy's way better and faster ! Rhineharts #1 Burger and Surprise #2 Cracker Barrel with huge steak fries !

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 09/26/13 - 10:54 am
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I wonder how this place is

I wonder how this place is doing on Yelp

countyman
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countyman 09/26/13 - 01:05 pm
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Double standards

Redfish... Somebody probably has to die in order for the local media to report any type of crime in Columbia County.

The paper will always print the articles related to any new businesses or something positive.

They won't cover any of the drugs or weapons found in the schools let alone the daily crime..

While the residents of RC are bombarded everyday with articles related to shoplifting or stealing copper lol.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/26/13 - 01:18 pm
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Hello???

It's an Augusta Paper!! Why don't you put out a Columbia County Crime Newspaper countyman?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/26/13 - 01:20 pm
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Retraction

You are going to need to take that accusation back, Countyman. Every issue of the Columbia County News-Times runs a feature called Police Blotter where they detail crimes reported and arrests made. Then every couple of weeks or so they publish a compilation titled Columbia County Arrests. You are reading the wrong paper if you are looking for all the details in the Chronicle.

Police Blotter

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/26/13 - 01:22 pm
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The naacp, aclu,
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cbc, sclc, splc, "white cracker" rangel, jackson and sharpton will be looking into why honkies are trying to put a "good black man" down.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/26/13 - 01:37 pm
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LL, about Big House Burgers

LL, about Big House Burgers using staff dressed up like prisoners and the warden, have the movie "Chained Heat" with Linda Blair playing on the wall.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/26/13 - 01:37 pm
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Columbia County Crime is Reported

I told y'all on the other thread that I read about the pool furniture being tossed into the Columbia County neighborhood pool two days ago. Don't tell me the paper doesn't report our crime. A neighborhood man had to jump in the coolish water to retrieve the chairs. There is an intense investigation going on as we speak.

David Parker
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David Parker 09/26/13 - 03:07 pm
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River is right

a'member those teen girls who maliciously glued up the locks on the High School out in Evans? Pretty sure I witnessed a souped up hot rod exhibiting "speed" around the West Town one night. Gotta be the debil !!

Pops
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Pops 09/26/13 - 04:10 pm
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Let's slow down and make it simple

"While the residents of RC are bombarded everyday with articles related to shoplifting or stealing copper ".

Maybe.....just maybe....there is MUCH more crime of all sorts occurring in Richmond County than Columbia County. Go to one of the web sites that publish mugshots daily. Count the number of folks from each of the two counties.....it's right there in black and white......

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