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Valley Brook coffee shop given three-month reprieve

The owner of a coffee shop in Valley Brook that unapologetically counts sex offenders, felons and others living on society's fringes as valued customers was given a three-month extension on her business license during a heated town trustee meeting Tuesday evening.
by Andrew Knittle Published: June 12, 2013
/articleid/3844589/1/pictures/2127289">Photo - BUILDING EXTERIOR: joe's addiction in Valley Brook, Friday April 19, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: OKC1303121532440650
BUILDING EXTERIOR: joe's addiction in Valley Brook, Friday April 19, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: OKC1303121532440650

Some residents voice strong concerns

Resident Bobby Burgess started a petition to get the coffee shop kicked out of Valley Brook in April after he became concerned about the growing number of homeless people wandering the small town.

Many residents believe sex offenders are among those wandering their neighborhoods because of the proximity of Hand Up Ministries, which allows them to live there when they are newly released from prison.

Burgess, who attended Tuesday's meeting with his wife, wasn't pleased with the decision made by the town trustees.

“A bunch of lies,” Burgess said of the things said by Zumwalt and her supporters. “I can't believe they're letting them stay.”

Collie Hutto, owner of Fancy's strip club in Valley Brook, said she wants Joe's Addiction gone. She said the shop's customers loiter outside the business and harass “the girls when they're coming into work.”

“We don't need that here,” said Hutto, who goes by the name “Miss C.”

Others accused customers of Joe's Addiction of stealing from their property and approaching their children.

Some give support

Yet some residents, many of whom were initially in favor of pulling the coffee shop's business license, spoke in support of Joe's Addiction.

One woman, who claimed to have several children who roam the streets of Valley Brook, said she doesn't believe the coffee shop is the source of the town's problems.

The woman said she once wanted town trustees to terminate Zumwalt's business license. Then, she said, the May 31 storms swept through Valley Brook and damaged her home. The woman said nobody helped her or her family “even though we have a tree hanging out of our roof.”

“It's not Joe's Addiction ... we need people willing to go out and help people,” she said. “I did a complete 180 on this — I've been on both sides of the fence.”

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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We've been asking for some kind of meeting, some kind of dialogue about what we can do to work with them. Up until tonight, we had not been able to get that.”

Coffee shop owner Jamie Zumwalt,


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