WICHITA — Wichita police have revoked the license for an inflatable amusement facility where a 5-year-old boy fell last week and later died, saying its rides were not properly inspected.
Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said a letter issued today to the owners of Pure Entertainment orders the business to have inflatable rides cleared from the building within five days.
Jesse Zogleman, who manages the facility near Kellogg and Tyler, "has portrayed himself as someone who is licensed to operate and inspect these things," Stolz said. "And as far as we can tell, he is not."
Five-year-old Matthew Branham died March 22 after falling from an inflatable ride at Pure Entertainment and striking his head on a concrete floor.
Duane Zogleman, Jesse Zogleman's father, owns Moonwalks For Fun Inc., which holds licenses for portable amusement equipment used by Pure Entertainment. Duane Zogleman also holds a license to serve alcohol at the Pure Entertainment address, 8545 W. Irving.
According to the order, Duane Zogleman failed to have his rides inspected as required by a city ordinance.
The ordinance states that inspections "shall be performed by Level 1 certified NAARSO (National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials), Level 1 certified AIMS (Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers) or an amusement ride inspector certified by the State of Kansas or any other state."
Jesse Zogleman, whose signature is on 38 inspection certificates filed with the city, is not certified, Stolz said.
Calls and e-mails to Duane and Jesse Zogleman were not returned this afternoon.
Pure Entertainment opened in November at the former BK Tennis Academy building, 8545 W. Irving. The 26,000-square-foot building operates most day as an inflatable indoor playground for birthday parties and walk-in "open bounce" sessions. The business also books weddings, receptions and other events.
According to today's order, operating amusement rides without a valid license is a misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and/or up to 90 days in jail.
Under law, Pure Entertainment can continue to operate for five days after the letter is issued, Stolz said. The center is open today.