Kiefaber Trial Postponed Until November

The former owner of the Senator told the court that he is “indigent” and "basically homeless."

The trial date for Tom Kiefaber, who is facing charges including second-degree assault and trespassing, has been postponed until Nov. 5.

A Baltimore City District Court judge ordered the trial delayed because the assault charge, which was placed on the stet docket following an incident last year, was just reopened at the behest of the state.

Kiefaber also told the judge that he needed time to arrange for a public defender because he is "indigent" and "basically homeless."

He would also say in court that the charges were an attempt to harass a private citizen who was advocating for the Senator Theatre.

"This is all just basically a show," Kiefaber said.

Kiefaber was arrested in August on trespassing charges outside of the Senator Theatre.

Last year he was ordered to stay away from the theater after he got into a heated argument with theater staff before a midnight showing of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows—Part 2 in July of last year.

Prior to that incident, Kiefaber also disrupted a City Council meeting by storming the dais to protest a bill adding the theater's interior to the city's historic landmark list, and then ran unsuccesfully for city council president. 

Kiefaber formerly owned the theater that his grandfather built in 1939. The city took over the theater in 2009, after guaranteeing a $600,000 loan in 2002, which was in danger of default.

The city then reached an agreement with James "Buzz" Cusack and his daughter and business partner Kathleen Lyon to lease the theater as Senator Theater, LLC.

They have since embarked on a project, which is now expected to cost $3.49 million, to rehab the building and add screens on to the original single-screen art deco theater. James "Buzz" Cusack has successfully run the Charles Theater in the Station North Arts District and helped spark a renaissance in that area of the city near Penn Station.

Kiefaber has maintained that the renovations are in violation of historic protections placed on the building, and accused the city of scuttling his original plans to turn the building into a mixed use entertainment facility run by a non-profit. 

The Board of Estimates is also set to vote on whether to approve the sale of the theater to Senator Theatre, LLC instead of leasing it during its meeting Wednesday morning.     

Balt Observer September 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
LOL...stay within your vocabulary capabilities, Gayle. That's a bit akin to a 2 year old trying to drive a car.
AH September 26, 2012 at 07:20 PM
This comment, in a nutshell, is why I have so little respect for you Gayle, or your former boss, or your sister in embarrasing-to-all-women-TK-worship Laura P. You just flat out slander people -- today it's the owner of Sophie's Crepes. Don't know her, but she clearly is one hard-working soul. Now you say her place smells, she has no customers, and she has stolen property. The first two insults capture the Senator in its later years under your management, so show some sense of fair play. As for stolen property, do you mean the mandala that TK couldn't manage to move out of the Senator when y'all had to vacate? The one he's had 2-plus years to retrieve? You use one funny yardstick when it comes to measuring others versus yourself.
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Ok Ok, so i made these outlandish comments (though I never specified any place specifically-but you certainly did)-perhaps my description gave it away? just for the heck of it. Just cause. Certainly you and sothers here are well aware that comments like these can be made (by others) but not me? Why is that? It's extremely insulting for YOU to say,"The first two insults capture the Senator in its later years under your management." Really now. There was extreme neglect snce the keys changed hands two years ago. According to their staff, according to patrons, etc. They were not interested in hiring even one person to clean and maintain the theatre on a daily basis, the restrooms were filthy and a female staffer finally tired of customer complaints had to clean both men's and ladies rooms herself, the mgmt was responsible for cleaning the auditorium, but did not. I could go on and on but what's the point really? You and several others here know absolutely nothing about this situation, you're only on here to distract rant about things and people that you know nothing about. You've even indicated here that you know nothing about the mandala with your commentary....
Balt Observer September 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Hey, don't forget the accusation of the otherworldly ability to kill by touching. Yikes. Somebody call Ripley's.
AH September 26, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Gayle, really, I wish you well. But you make it hard, because you and your friends behave like attack dogs. Everyone who disagrees with you, or is not persuaded by your fact-lacking but hyperbole-ladden accusations is either corrupt or stupid. Years have gone by since you ran around in a cape that day while TK had fits that he couldn't turn the auction into performance art because the auctioner moved it outside. And yet you continue. The Senator was NOT in good shape long before the auction. It did smell. The ladies room, the seats, the overall state of things -- clearly hurting. It seems you cared and worked hard. It wasn't enough. Be glad you have good memories, and move on, giving others the benefit of the doubt that you want others to give to you.
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Ran around in a red cape?? I only make it hard for someone like yourself, who (again) were not and are not involved. When folks make blatantly incorrect statements, I will most certainly comment. TK did not have fits that day for not being able to have the auction held inside. Again....you weren't there, you're not involved and simply cannot and will not accept the fact that you are commenting on things that YOU believe to be true simply b/c you read it in the paper, or .....whatever. The Senator, according to Mr. Lind was in incerdibly well maintained condition for its age. And considering there was little to no support from the city or state, we took incredibly great care and provided daily maintenance to the best of our ability by rolling up our own sleeves. It was never purposefully neglected as much as it was under the The Cusacks 'care'. And this was according to their own staff as well as patrons. Contrary to your remarks regarding the theatre beforehand, you are in the minority with your opinions. And why do you feel it's ok for folks to treat myself and other the way you've described the way we treated people? Some of the most heinous and horrible of comments can be found thoroughout this site as well as others.
Smiley September 26, 2012 at 08:40 PM
You mean like saying what the staff was responsible for when you have no idea what their operation is like? Correct me if i'm wrong but didn't the FOTS flat out LIE by claiming that the staff informed them of running films in mono? And with all your hard work The Senator was left asbestos and mold ridden. Good job. The fact of the matter is that you people have never provided FACTS. You spread your lies mixed with half truths and expect everyone to accept what you say and if anyone questions they are exiled. That is your operation. You have had 3 years to prove your case and win people over but you spend it trashing and throwing wild conspiracies with not one shred of evidence to convince us otherwise. Kiefaber failed at operating The Senator. Accept that. You failed at managing the theatre. Accept that. If you had succeeded then Tom would still be running The Senator. The most recent fiasco with AstroTroll's BREAKING NEWS informing her neighbors of an oil spill, which would end the world as we know it, turned out to be planned all along. Her own neighbors told her to screw off. Sorry but, contrary to your own belief, you don't know jack, hon.
kraken September 26, 2012 at 09:01 PM
i believe the point of these negative comments are for nothing other than to get jolly's not able to be obtained other ways.this is very childish and the best way to deal with these people posting this crap is to not respond to it.it is merely mud slinging on every ones part .don't we all have better things to do than ridicule each other and bait each other into further argument?ignore these comments that are being made and they will more than likely cease
AH September 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
We seem to have entered the twilight zone, Gayle. I was there. I did see you in a red cape. I did witness TK maintaining in an agitated fashion (aka "fit") that the auction was a "circus" and asserting in an agitated fashion that it had improperly been moved outside. And I am not suggesting you should not take pride in what you accomplished at the Senator. But it wasn't enough. I don't defend some of the language thrown your way, but you and your merry band decided to march into the spotlight screaming at the top of your lungs every insult, character assassination, and accusation, major and minor, imaginable at countless (really, let's try counting) people. You've gotten some blowback. Your blindspot is that you don't see that the behavior of your little threesome provides abundant evidence to reasonable people as to why no responsible person would entrust any of you with the kind of funding support the Cusacks are receiving. Claiming that it's because TK has pissed off the powers-that-be by exercising some serious chops as a preservation activist, or ambassador for racial integration on York Road, or ADA vigilante, or whatever the theory-du-jour is, doesn't add up in the face of the mountain of glaring proof you and he have provided these past three years that you just don't possess the qualities of judgment people look for in business partners.
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Its all pretty basic in terms of day to day operation and maintenance. Being responsible for nothing is not standard in any business. I am correcting you then, b/c you are indeed wrong. This was indeed spoken of by a person on management.
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Again, it was never in such deplorable conditions until The Cusacks and the BDC became responsible for it's maintenance. Again, they did little to nothing and in fact were rarely seen in the building in those 2 years. (again, according to their own staff) Ironically the behavior you described in terms of how we people have treated others? Again...you have no clue and no idea and apparantly support this type of behavior anyway, so why ridicule others? Prove my case? Honey....I've had over 18 years of direct experience compared to your......zero amount of time. No wild conspiracies. Had you ever taken the time to stop and read etc and so forth and get beyond your odd obsession with myself and others as well as The Cusacks and The Senator, you JUST might learn something. Kiefabe did not fail at operating the theatre. I did not fail at managing the theatre. If we had succeeded, Tom would not be running the theatre, but a non profit organization would be. And certainly not the crony Cusacks! You assume only that somehow everyone knew about the oil spill/leak,etc. Even though the neighborhood wasn't informed and the area not sectioned off, etc. I seriously doubt too that the neighbors told her to screw off. Another oddball comment... Apology not accepted. I may not know who YOU are, other than being a cyberstalking bully, but I most definitely know more about Jack than you do.
AH September 26, 2012 at 09:29 PM
You're right. Point well taken.
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 09:39 PM
AH- Was I running around as you stated? Whatever you claim to have witnessed in terms of a "fit" was somehow in the twilight zone of your own mind, as the video from that day proves otherwise. I am absolutely justified with regard to what I've had to say about people I (again) was directly involved with and you were not. And those same folks that I and others have spoken up about have also recieved some blowback. As they most certainly should. Again, reading the last of your disconnected commentary simply clarifies once again, that you are not aware and not involved and know nothing. You are correct in terms though of stating that some of us don't possess the qualities of judgment people look for in business partners. In Baltimore.... if you keep your mouth shut, and play the game, you get rewarded. I would NEVER possess the quality of judgement it takes to become 'business partners' with the likes of certain people. PS-Were you the neighbor posed behind me in the photo? The creepy guy standing by TK when a lawyer stated that even he felt the auction was questionable, were you the short gal with dark hair standing next to an older bushy haired/bushy face man laughing and smiling as I cried? Were you perhaps the elderly lady that literally screamed at me to stop crying? Were you the short developer dude who made cockey remarks? Or were you the person who said something so incredibly disgusting tht I won't repeat it here as Dan spoke up that day?
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Agreed. Though I do feel like I need to defend myself...
kraken September 26, 2012 at 09:47 PM
again,i believe this has come to nothing but badgering.it would be best for these arguments to cease.they serve no purpose other than to inflict pain upon each other
AnnKangarouse September 26, 2012 at 09:48 PM
All in all, there's a fundamental difference (to me) between people talking about/commenting on something they have been directly involved with, and those who believe they know a situation from a distance, essentially being an outsider. Up until a few years ago, I absolutely believed the statement, "the truth shall set you free". What I found that it does not set one free, it simply sets one up.
kraken September 26, 2012 at 09:51 PM
the lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep
Balt Observer September 26, 2012 at 10:28 PM
You and the other Kiefaber lackeys no longer need to concern yourself with such matters, Gayle. The Senator is now privately owned as far as you are concerned.
Balt Observer September 26, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I am certainly not feeling any pain. Having lost everything by his own hand, I'd suspect that Mr. Kiefaber is, however.
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 01:48 AM
LOL...I missed this tidbit from that old sexist, Mr. Kiefaber - Luke Broadwater ‏@lukebroadwater Kiefaber refuses to talk to media because Melody Simmons, whom he derides as a "housewife" is here 9:36 AM - 26 Sep 12 · Details
Tom Kiefaber September 27, 2012 at 04:16 PM
In the interest for keeping my on the record comments straight, please note. What I said by the elevator in City Hall to the energized media jackal-pack after the BOE hearing, was that I will be glad to do whatever interviews are requested by all, except for Melody Simmons (from the Daily Record) who is "not a honest pro journalist, but rather someone who has royally screwed me over in the past, a house-wife hobbiest with an agenda that I will never trust again". And I never will. Screw Ms. Simmons and her dishonest reporting, as she is now being pilloried for on City Paper's "Best of" website site for her overtly corrupt EBDI coverage. http://citypaper.com/bob/newsmedia/best-beat-reporter-1.1375133 Simmons denigrates the actual pros with her malleable, dilettante journalism infused with a heavy slant and personal bias. Been there, been harmed by that , so never again with the Daily Record's "house-wife-hobbiest Simmons", reiterated Kiefaber.
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Sexist and misogynistic as ever, eh Kiefaber? And since we're on the subject of the City Paper's Best of's, let's not forget who was the winner of Best Restraining Order :-) http://citypaper.com/bob/newsmedia/best-restraining-order-1.1375158
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Since you're here, Kiefaber, how about addressing your claim that you are "indigent" and "basically homeless" with not even a cellphone to your name, yet here you are with Internet access again, as you apparently have most of the time. Camping out at the library, are you? :-)
Tom Kiefaber September 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
This BO character is a strange ghost, who displays an unhealthy obsession with me, perhaps an enraged and nasty spurned former admirer or wanna be lover, turned seething hater. Is there such a thing as an online peace order? BO's fixated, anonymous coward mode, has now morphed into a creepy, bag-O-bile green shadow, who's crossed over to cyber-stalker mode, without apparent provocation.
Balt Observer September 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM
No defense to your claim, eh? Pray tell, have you ever heard of the legal concept of "contempt of court"?
Balt Observer September 28, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Hey Kiefaber - I saw your vicious attack on Melody Simmons's physical appearance on your Friends of the Kiefibber page, where you called her a "piglet" among other nasty and misogynistic invectives. So if that's your feeling, my question is how do you feel about your jockstrap-carrier, Ms. Perkins?
Tom Kiefaber September 28, 2012 at 02:35 PM
More anonymous distortions and outright lies, intended to smear, posted by an odiferous,local troll, infamous for nasty invective. What more do you need our bag-o-bile burden to post Adam, before some action is taken to curb incessant hater posts?
Balt Observer September 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Where are the "distortions and outright lies", Kiefaber? Do you deny making those vicious comments about Ms. Simmons? Don't forget, they are public for all to see.
AH September 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Mr. Kiefaber, your credibility has totally tanked. I can confirm Balt O's observation about your atrocious comments re Ms. Simmons -- you sunk to a new low. And now I know: you flat out lie when called to account. And if you are lying about Ms. S, seems probable that you also lie about everything from the Senator's financial history to the trespass and assault charges you face. Your lack of integrity, and your attitude towards women, actually scare me.
Balt Observer September 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Indeed, AH. What I find odd is that clearly, Kiefaber's misogynistic attitudes and views are nothing new, and those around him are well aware of it. In that light, it is bizarre that so many women continue to slavishly support him without reservation. There are definitely cult-like characteristics of this devotion.


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