Cops close ‘nip joint’

Published 10:51 pm Monday, September 19, 2011

Suffolk police busted an alleged nip joint in the downtown area on Sunday.


Police were called to a large party in the 300 block of Richardson Street, city spokeswoman Debbie George said. When officers arrived on scene, they allegedly found a bar-type setup in the house, complete with liquor, beer, plastic cups, a mixer, drinking straws and cash in a plastic container.

Officers secured a search warrant and collected the items, as well as a stolen firearm. There was $568 in the cash box.

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Melvin Benjamin Budd, 55, was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and the illegal sale of alcohol. The home was condemned, George said.