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Hazel Dell bar owner arrested after dispute with cannabis dispensary staff

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: October 31, 2022, 1:16pm

A Hazel Dell bar owner was arrested Saturday night after allegedly threatening employees at a nearby cannabis dispensary and assaulting a responding Clark County sheriff’s deputy.

Deputies responded at about 10:40 p.m. to a report of an unwanted person at The Herbery, 1401 N.E. 78th St. A man was causing a disturbance, screaming, pacing back and forth, and refusing to leave the property after being denied entry into the store, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

“Employees also activated a silent panic alarm due to the aggressive nature of the patron,” the sheriff’s office said.

The man refused to show his identification, but he claimed to be the owner of the nearby Three Monkeys Pub & Grill. He threatened he would get a gun, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies said they arrived and confirmed the patron was Johnny Forsyth, the owner of the Three Monkeys. He left The Herbery and returned to the bar.

Then, deputies were called back to The Herbery at about 11:20 p.m. via a silent panic alarm after Forsyth returned to the store. Employees said they feared he may be armed so they locked the doors and activated the alarm, the news release states. Forsyth kicked the glass doors several times before leaving, deputies said.

Deputies went to the Three Monkeys to arrest Forsyth, who resisted arrest and kicked a deputy. Forsyth was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered during his arrest. The deputy suffered minor injuries and remained on duty, the sheriff’s office said.

Forsyth was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of harassment and third-degree assault. The sheriff’s office said other charges are pending.