Posted at: 10/11/2012 3:46 PM
Updated at: 10/11/2012 6:40 PM
By: Travis Dill
The City of Duluth has filed a complaint against a downtown shop, Last Place on Earth, alleging that the sale of synthetic drugs is causing a public nuisance.
Crowds are a daily sight outside of the Last Place on Earth in Duluth. Lines of customers often flow into the sidewalk along Superior Street.
The City of Duluth claims these crowds have become a public nuisance.
The owner of the shop, Jim Carlson, was asked to curb the public nuisance by the city in early August.
City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said he is filing a complaint because Carlson did not attempt to solve the problem.
Johnson also said the complaint could affect the shop's daily operation.
“The court could order that Mr. Carlson no longer sell synthetic drugs at that location,” he said.
The city cites over 20 nuisance incidents in their complaint, and Johnson said they range from public urination to assault.
The city provided video that shows a man being knocked down outside of the store in late August.
Johnson said incidents like this cost the city money because police and fire departments are called to the scene. He said the city spent nearly $100,000 on police costs over the last year due to the nuisance problem.
The city waited over 30 days for Carlson to address the public nuisance issue before they filed their complaint.
Carlson did not respond to requests for comment on the complaint at the time of publication.