Monday, June 06, 2011

Life in Jimtown

A 22-year-old Jamestown man faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon for an attack that comes out of an Old West movie.

Jeremy Burk is accused of hitting a bartender over the head with a whiskey bottle in a restaurant Friday night.
According to the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Willow steakhouse just after 9 p.m. Witnesses told them Burk, a customer, was drunk and refused to leave when asked. He did leave, then came back a half-hour later and asked for a drink.
Bartender James Frazier refused to serve Burk and again asked him to leave. Burk walked out the front door, came back in through a side door and attacked Frazier when his back was turned, a sheriff’s news release said. He allegedly punched Frazier several times, then hit him over the head with the bottle, shattering it.
Customers helped the bartender and kicked Burk out of the bar. Frazier refused medical treatment; deputies tracked down Burk and arrested him.


Fuck, I've drank at the Willow several times - nice historical saloon and restaurant in the hotel - and never saw anything like that there. They usually reserved that shit for the Rawhide Saloon down the road. Which reminds me of a story:
I was drinking in the Rawhide (a typical cowboy honkytonk now closed) just down the road one night about 25 years ago when two local patrons got into an argument and decided to go outside and shoot it out. Naturally the whole saloon crowd followed them out to place bets and watch the fun.
Both of them stood about 25 feet apart and on a signal, both drew their revolvers and emptied them at each other. Not only did both of them survive unwounded, but there wasn't a single bystander or pickup in the entire parking lot hit.
When I left an hour or 3 later, both "gunfighters" were at the bar with their arms around each other pledging their undying love and friendship to one another.
Gotta love them old mining towns......

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