Body found at strip club owner's Fredenberg Township homeAuthorities said the death was a result of a medical incident involving a guest at the home of Jim Gradishar.
Authorities are looking into the death of a man inside the Fredenberg Township home of NorShor Experience owner Jim Gradishar this morning.
Steve Steblay, supervising deputy for St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, said Gradishar called 911 seeking medical assistance for a houseguest at 8:11 a.m. today. Gradisar resides at 5215 First Ave. in Fredenberg Township.
“We found the male on the floor of a bedroom in a pool of blood,” Steblay said. “We’re treating it at this time as a medical incident.”
Authorities have not released the identity of the deceased man, pending notification of family members.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the specific cause of death, but Steblay said the case is being treated simply as a medical event for now.
“We don’t have any reason to believe anything else at this time,” he said.
Steblay would not discuss the state of the body or the nature of any injuries discovered. He said Gradishar was at his home Monday night with three friends, including the man who died. Gradishar reportedly called authorities after discovering his deceased guest in the morning.
Neighbors said they did not hear any unusual noise Monday night and hadn't been aware of a problem until law enforcement and medical staff arrived this morning. Several referred to Gradishar as a good neighbor, including Daryl Atkinson who has lived directly next door for about 13 years.
“I never had a problem with Jimmy,” said Atkinson.
Gradishar's lawyer, Randall Tigue, said he spoke to Gradishar by phone this morning and Gradishar said the body was of a man staying at Gradishar's home who had slipped and fallen in a bathtub.
“It apparently was a guy who was staying there,” Tigue said. “He slipped and fell in the bathtub when Jim was asleep.”
Gradishar, a 46-year-old strip club owner, is due to make an appearance in Cass County District Court Monday for possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, having an open bottle in a motor vehicle, transporting a firearm in a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.
The four misdemeanors and one petty misdemeanor were filed in Cass County District Court in connection with an incident at the Big Winnie Cafe in the Bena area shortly before 8 a.m. on July 19.
Gradishar’s NorShor Experience also has been in the news lately.
The Duluth City Council had voted not to renew the Superior Street strip club’s liquor license, citing two liquor law violations and disruptive behavior inside and outside the business. The Duluth police had pushed for denial of Gradishar’s license.
But after an appeal by Gradishar, represented by Tigue, a Duluth judge granted a temporary restraining order allowing the NorShor Experience to sell liquor without a license pending a court hearing scheduled for Friday.