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Sheraton Hotel loses liquor license after shootings

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

The Sheraton Hotel in uptown Charlotte has had its liquor license suspended after two people were shot and others were injured trying to escape during a party after the CIAA tournament that featured rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The suspension letter sent out by the N.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Commission also alleges that someone smelled marijuana in the hotel’s lower level on Sunday and that “one person was cut after being assaulted by another person with a champagne bottle.”

The letter was delivered on Monday to George Dfouni, Sharon Olsen and Shirley Reinfeld, who are listed as officers for Carolina Hospitality Group 2010, the company that operates the hotel. The manager of the Sheraton couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday.

Michelle Hardy, 33, of Virginia Beach, and Miguel Antonio King, 35, of Las Vegas, both were shot in the leg about 2 a.m. during the party. The event was not affiliated with the CIAA, but featured rappers Fabolous and Future were billed as the grand finale to a week of parties.

The Sheraton was stripped of its liquor license just days after receiving it on Feb. 28.

Agnes Stevens, a spokeswoman for the ABC Commission, said the Sheraton applied for the license after it switched owners. A temporary license was granted, which is routine as the commission and law enforcement agents investigate the business.

The Blake Hotel underwent a $20 million re-branding and renovation in 2013, nearly a year after it received poor reviews from delegates during the Democratic National Convention. The re-branding included renaming the hotel the Sheraton.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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