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Nightspot to reopen after city business license obtained
BY KEITH EPPS
A Fredericksburg night-spot that was shut down for the weekend can reopen now that its owner has obtained a city business license.
James Nikitakis, 60, of Spotsylvania County was charged Friday with operating a business without a license.
City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Monday that police served a warrant on Nikitakis after learning from the city treasurer’s office that one of Nikitakis’ businesses—Central Station at 1917 Princess Anne St.—hasn’t had a valid license since prior to 2012.
Bledsoe said Nikitakis was warned to keep the business closed until the license issue was dealt with. Nikitakis went to the treasurer’s office Monday and paid all that he owed for Central Station and his other city holdings, Treasurer Jim Haney said.
According to Bledsoe, the charge stemmed from a recent meeting in City Hall in which representatives of several city departments discussed businesses and residences that have caused problems. She said the problems include blight, incidents that require police intervention and other things.
The treasurer’s office had already tried to rectify the matter involving Central Station, Bledsoe said. Police decided to get a warrant after calls from police Capt. Rick Pennock to Nikitakis were not returned.
Haney said his office did not ask police to arrest Nikitakis. “We try to help people like that because we don’t want them to go out of business,” Haney said. “We lose money when that happens.”
Central Station most recently got city police attention early Jan. 28, when a major ruckus erupted outside the building following a music event.
Two people were shot during the incident. Neither suffered life-threatening injuries, and the case is still under investigation, Bledsoe said. A Woodbridge man was arrested on misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and obstruction of justice.
Since 2008, Bledsoe said police have filed 17 charges for businesses operating without a license. Thirteen of those charges came in 2011, and one each in 2008, 2010, 2012 and this year.
The Class 1 misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Nikitakis was released by a magistrate on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond and has an arraignment set for Feb. 21 in Fredericksburg General District Court.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404