Comedy Zone Owner Arrested

By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Eyewitness News, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 10.14.2010 4:35pm by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee comedy club closes its doors and its owner is arrested for passing worthless checks.

The doors of the Comedy Zone are chained shut and a utility cut off notice is stuck in the door.

Owner Michael Hall was arrested late last month for bouncing checks totalling more than 14-thousand dollars.

Hall says the Comedy Zone closed due to tough financial straits and he's not sure if, when or where the club will re-open.

Court papers show the three worthless checks were written in September and October of 2009 to the former owner Yaeger Comedy Properties, but Hall wasn't arrested on the felony bad check charge until September 24th of this year.

Hall says at least 15 employees lost jobs when the club closed in mid-September and he is trying to find new investors to try to re-open the Comedy Zone in another location.

Tallahassee, Florida -- 10-14-2010 12:00PM --

The owner of a Tallahassee comedy club is arrested for writing worthless checks.

46 year old Michael Hall, owner of the Comedy Zone on West Tennessee Street, was arrested back on September 24th.

The charge is for more than 300 dollars, but less than five thousand dollars. Hall's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him last week.

According to the club's website, the business is temporarily closed and they're working on what they call "a solution to the situation."

There is no word yet on whether the club's closure has anything to do with its owner's recent legal troubles.

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