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State yanks two FD barber licenses

One man convicted of drug offenses, other violated health rules

November 15, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

Two men affiliated with a troubled downtown Fort Dodge barbershop have been stripped of their professional licenses by state authorities.

Benjamin Clement lost his barbering license because he accepted a marijuana delivery at the shop at 1302 Central Ave., according to the Iowa Board of Barbering. He is now serving a 10-year prison sentence at the Newton Correctional Facility.

The barbering license of Priest Wilson was revoked for failure to comply with sanitation rules, the board reported. A phone listing for him could not be found Wednesday evening.

The state board announced both license revocations Wednesday afternoon.

Clement's case

For at least part of the time he operated One Stop Barbershop, Clement did not have a state license. State officials ordered him to stop operating the business on March 8, 2010, because he wasn't licensed.

The next month, he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of marijuana without a drug stamp. He was arrested by the Webster County Drug Task Force after he accepted delivery of a package containing a half pound of marijuana.

In October 2010, Clement got his barber's license reactivated.

Clement was convicted in December 2010.

''It's our belief that the barbershop was just a front for drug distribution,'' Webster County Attorney Ricki Osborn said at the time of the conviction.

The Iowa Board of Barbering revoked his license on the grounds that he was convicted of a crime related to the practice of barbering. He was ordered to pay $143.75 in fees.

Wilson's case

Wilson took over the shop following Clement's conviction and operated it under the names Hair Force One and Da Kut House.

In response to a complaint, two inspectors from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals visited the shop on June 6, 2011. They documented unsanitary conditions and violations of the state ban on smoking indoors, according to information from the Board of Barbering.

The board revoked his license for these violations:

Failing to post the most current sanitation rules and inspection report;

Utilizing neck dusters, brushes and shaving mugs in violation of state law;

Failing to disinfect electrical instruments and maintain clean barbering supplies;

Failing to have a supply of hot and cold running water in a functioning sink;

Failing to comply with the Smokefree Air Act.

Wilson was ordered to pay $116.25 in fees.



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