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ON THE BOULEVARD: John L. Smith
Las Vegas Review Journal
UPDATED: Oct. 4, 2001
DID CLUB DISPUTE LEAD TO BROKEN
NECK? Metro investigators served a search
warrant Thursday morning at the Crazy Horse Too
in connection with a Sept. 20 incident in which a
patron of the Industrial Road topless cabaret
suffered a broken neck after a dispute over a bill.
Detectives sought to preserve records as well as
conduct interviews with employees who may have
witnessed an altercation that resulted in a near-fatal
injury suffered by Kansas tourist Kirk Henry.
One source with knowledge of the investigation
said the 43-year-old Henry was in Las Vegas on
business from Kansas City when he and a client
went to the club. The incident occurred at
approximately 7 a.m., after Henry was told he
owed $88.25 and disputed the charge. According
to one source, an employee of the club threw
Henry to the ground, withdrew his credit card and
made the charge.
Club owner Rick Rizzolo calls that version
inaccurate based on his conversations with staff
"He didn't even have a beef at the club," Rizzolo
said, adding that a Crazy Horse employee noticed
Henry lying on the ground and called for an
ambulance. "It's the most horrible thing I ever
Rizzolo said his security is light at that hour, and
that his staff was willing to take polygraph
examinations to clarify any discrepancies in the
record. He said one employee reported witnessing
two men not employed by the club standing over
the body calling Henry names. He also said he was
unaware his club was the subject of litigation in the
A lawsuit filed Tuesday by attorney Don Campbell
tells a dramatically different story.
"While attempting to leave the Crazy Horse,
plaintiff was confronted by a female dancer who
claimed plaintiff owed the establishment in excess
of $80 plus tip in exchange for dances he had
allegedly received," the complaint states. "When
plaintiff disputed these allegations, the dancer
summoned a bouncer/doorman who was working
at the club that night."
According to the legal document, Henry balked
when the bouncer demanded two credit cards to
pay the disputed charges. Henry offered $50,
which was accepted.
From the complaint: "As plaintiff was exiting the
doorway of the Crazy Horse, the bouncer came up
and grabbed him from behind, twisted his neck and
forced him violently to the ground. Plaintiff was in
severe pain and could not move his legs."
Physicians have informed family members that
Henry's neck is broken and that he has no feeling
from approximately the middle of his back down.
He is a quadriplegic.
HOWIE'S HURT: In the wake of the trivial
revelation that some Sept. 11 hijackers ordered a
take-out pizza from a local Hungry Howie's store,
franchise owners Warren and Libby Harris are said
to have received criticism for comforting the
The CIA didn't know these maniacs were in town,
but the poor hired help of a pizza joint were
somehow supposed to identify them and deny them
The slice of information was first carried in a recent
Newsweek article on the hijackers, who ordered
"The Works" pizza without ham, reportedly from
the store located at Vegas and Buffalo drives.
"Libby said people were hounding her and
pestering her," fellow franchise owner Rich Cizmas
PEPITONE'S PURGATORY: Local butcher
Joe Pepitone thought he'd finally found his way to
Easy Street in 1997 when he hit a $463,000
Nevada Nickels jackpot at Arizona Charlie's.
Instead, the club denied his jackpot and said the
machine malfunctioned. He has spent more than
three years fighting to get the jackpot, but recently
learned he'd been denied by the Nevada Supreme
Now, in desperation, he's looking for a lawyer to
try to take his case one final step to the U.S.
"I was a gambler my whole life," Pepitone says.
"For 35, 40 years I'm a loser. Finally I have
something that I win, a big win, and they take that
away from me. It's not fair. I'm out of money. I'm
out of time. I just want someone out there to help
ON THE BOULEVARD: Leave it to crazy
political gadfly and songwriter Frank Cazares to
come up with a tune to suit the Sept. 11 terrorist
attack. He's calling it, "Manhattan Nuclear
JOHN L. SMITH also writes a column for the
Las Vegas Review-Journal. CLICK HERE to read
his other columns.
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