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Wichita police: Inflatables weren't properly inspected at Pure Entertainment

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.

A letter issued Thursday to the owners of Pure Entertainment, near Kellogg and Tyler, ordered the business to have inflatable rides cleared from its building within five days.

The moonbounce-style inflatables, popular at children's birthday parties and other events, are the business' primary attraction.

Jesse Zogleman, who manages the facility, "has portrayed himself as someone who is licensed to operate and inspect these things. And as far as we can tell, he is not," said Tom Stolz, Wichita deputy police chief.

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. Police say the child and several older family members were on the ride when the fall occurred.

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 40 inspection certificates filed with the city, is not certified, Stolz said.

Moonwalks For Fun advertises on its Web site that it has more than 150 inflatables, which it rents out for birthday parties, high school after-proms, church functions and other events.

The city ordinance also requires portable amusement ride companies to maintain at least $1 million worth of insurance and pay a yearly license fee. Records show that Duane Zogleman paid the $600 fee and submitted proof of insurance to the city.

Calls and e-mails to Duane and Jesse Zogleman were not returned Thursday.

Todd Shadid, an attorney representing Matthew's parents, declined to comment.

Pure Entertainment opened in November at the former BK Tennis Academy building. The 26,000-square-foot building operates most days as an inflatable indoor playground, for birthday parties and walk-in "open bounce" sessions. It also books weddings, receptions and other events.

The facility includes Duane'z Lounge, a cafe that serves food as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages. Duane Zogleman told The Eagle last week that no alcohol was being served at the time of Matthew's fall.

According to Thursday'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.

Duane Zogleman has the right to appeal the revocation of his license within seven days. Pure Entertainment can continue to operate for five days after the letter is issued, Stolz said.

The center was open regular hours Thursday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also is investigating the circumstances surrounding the boy's death.

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