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H3O Franchise Owner Removed From Business

Posted: 3:57 PM, Apr 29, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-29 19:56:07-04
H3O Franchise Owner Removed, Taken Into Custody
H3O Franchise Owner Removed, Taken Into Custody

After a quiet day outside H3O Aquatics in Murfreesboro, officials arrived on scene and removed Franchise Owner Keith Van De Castle from the business.

Van De Castle had been refusing to yield before he was removed around 3:45 p.m. Friday.

 

 

"The franchise agreement and the lease agreement both say that I get to do this," Van De Castle said Thursday.

He had the locks changed and barricaded himself inside before business hours Wednesday in an effort to prove a point.

"Mr. Burrows failed to follow life safety regulations. He repeatedly refused to follow my safety regulations. I told him I wanted to have no diving signs for six months," said Van De Castle.

Current business owner Captain Michael Burrows had been wanting to resume business, and he had stated he would attempt to get Van de Castle out on his own Friday. A court order signed Thursday did not bring about Van De Castle's removal.

Friday, a judge looked at a new court order allowing deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office to peacefully remove Van De Castle.

The franchise owner was driven away from the area, according to officials, and taken to a place where a friend was contacted.

Van De Castle has been scheduled to appear in court on the complaint May 5. According to reports, he could be facing civil charges.

No further details were released.