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Business owner arrested for violating safer-at-home order will not be charged

Posted at 9:13 AM, Apr 17, 2020

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. -- The State Attorney will not charge the Pinellas Park business owner who violated the safer-at-home order in April.

On May 2, the state attorney said after conducting an investigation, Wood will not be charged.

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Back in April, deputies say 36-year-old Galen Wood ignored previous warnings and continued to operate his business Kitchen Table Games.

According to the sheriff's office, response teams were called to the business multiple times after getting complaints on April 3, twice on April 7, April 10 and April 16.

During those calls, deputies say Wood was issued several warnings but refused to close the store and became argumentative.

He was charged with operating a non-essential business and traveling to operate a non-essential business in April.