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An Anchorage judge has ordered Charlene Egbe, better known as Charlo Greene, to move out of the old Kodiak Bar and Grill by Monday at 5 p.m.
Egbe appeared at a Friday eviction hearing, in a case brought by her landlords and held this week, to fight a motion that the Alaska Cannabis Club be forced to leave the upstairs section of the former restaurant at 225 E. 5th Ave.
The hearing was the latest emotionally charged event in a busy winter for Egbe, who walked off the air at Anchorage CBS affiliate KTVA with a profanity, after covering a September story on the ballot measure Alaskans ultimately approved to legalize recreational marijuana in November. Egbe’s announcement as she quit that she owned the Alaska Cannabis Club drew attention from the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which subsequently investigated whether she had violated campaign laws in doing so.
According to Alaska Commons coverage of the eviction hearing, Ethann and Donald Oldham sought to remove Egbe from the Kodiak Bar and Grill premises, after a party to be held Friday evening was announced at the “Alaska Cannabis Clubhouse.” The Oldhams said the planned service of alcohol at the party would violate both state liquor laws and insurance requirements.
Sarha Shaubach, the building’s downstairs tenant, told the Anchorage Press last month that Egbe had become belligerent after holding loud parties. She also wouldn’t let fire inspectors inspect the building’s upstairs sprinkler system, a step necessary for Shaubach to obtain a business license, barring them from the area by claiming it as her private residence.
Egbe had a few testy moments in court Friday, admitting that representatives of Anchorage fire and police, the state fire marshal’s office, and the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board had all stopped by the premises. Egbe acted as her own lawyer, and at times the exchanges between her and her now-former landlord were quite heated.
District Court Judge Pamela Washington ultimately sided with Egbe on her assertion that she hadn’t broken the law, saying that the Oldhams’ claims of illegal activity weren't proven by the evidence. Washington did find that Egbe violated her lease by not obtaining insurance in a reasonable amount of time, and was therefore subject to eviction.
Washington’s decision on Monday as an eviction date did leave Egbe with one triumph in court: the judge said there was nothing she could do to stop the Cannabis Club’s Friday party.
Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, Channel 2's Nikki Carvajal contributed information to this story.
Copyright © 2015, KTUU-TV

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