Sandra Emerson, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Created: 12/27/2011 10:24:01 AM PST

UPLAND – Former Police Chief Steve Adams is no longer being accused of extortion by operators of a closed restaurant.

Adams was dismissed from Chronic Cantina’s civil case against the city earlier this month.

The restaurant owners filed the lawsuit against the city in April in West Valley Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga. They accused former Mayor John Pomierski and contractor John Hennes of extorting money from them.

Adams was accused along with Pomierski and Hennes, but the owners dropped the former police chief from the case earlier this month, according to court records.

In the lawsuit, the owners – Dan Biello and Keith Scheinberg – said they paid Pomierski and Hennes $15,000, but the city revoked their conditional- use permit when they did not pay an additional $25,000.

Council members revoked the permit in April 2009, citing an increase in crime at the restaurant and bar.

Pomierski’s attorney, Robert Schauer, filed a claim with the city last week demanding that they defend Pomierski in the case according to government code. He said he will file a lawsuit if the city does not agree to defend him in the case.

The city hired a third-party private investigator to look into accusations made in the lawsuit against Adams.

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