City police sent a “cease and desist” letter to Quantria Barnes, the owner of Milo’s, at the intersection of Powder Springs and Garrison roads, about a mile southwest of Marietta Square. And city officials have rejected a renewal of the business license for the bar.
Those steps were the culmination of an escalating series of problems at the dive. The most recent came March 20, when what police described as “a large gun battle” broke out in the bar’s parking lot. Shots were fired from the lot, while others were fired toward Milo’s from an adjacent parking lot. A bystander in a car at Milo’s was hit and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The outcome was much different after a shooting inside the bar a year ago. Police say Tekilum Terrell of Sandy Springs was shot in the bar, then stumbled out into the parking lot. He was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital but died after emergency surgery. Three people — two men and a woman — were arrested in connection with the incident and are awaiting trial.
Police told the MDJ they had responded to 49 incidents at Milo’s in the past 13 months, including seven larcenies, two motor vehicle thefts, two drug offenses, six hit-and-run wrecks and 14 calls involving violence, many of them aggravated assaults by firearm.
“It gets to where, I don’t know if we can use the word ‘nuisance,’ but it just wreaks havoc for the area,” Mayor Steve Tumlin told the newspaper.
It’s clear Milo’s was not just dangerous to the health of those who patronized it, but had become a cancer on its surroundings and the city. And the failure of the bar’s owners to address the problem left the city no choice.
“In the case of Milo’s, we have reached that point,” said Police Chief Dan Flynn. “(The owners) are well aware there has been a course of conduct that has been causing the police’s concern.”
Actions result in consequences. And the failure to act by the owners of Milo’s now has had an appropriate consequence.