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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Alberta car wash shut down after drug arrests

The Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The City Council voted to shut down an Alberta car wash dedicated to keeping kids off the streets and away from drugs after seeing workers smoking marijuana on police videotape.

The public hearing Thursday night was held after several drug arrests at the 17-year-old car wash operated by the Rev. William King, including one employee arrested for allegedly selling cocaine and marijuana.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Kendrick Clancy was among supporters who spoke for the business.

"Mr. King gave me the dignity to make it through high school, to make it through college and to get to who I am today," said Clancy, a Holt native. "I would have been lost. I would have been lost forever."

City Council President Jerry Plott said the car wash was "obviously doing good in the community."

"We're not talking about the good that you've done, we're talking about the privilege of doing business in the city of Tuscaloosa," Plott said.


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