The Upper Deck Lounge is closed.
On Thursday, a simple note reading “CLOSED” was taped inside the door of the
tavern, located at 139 1/2 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton, two weeks and one
day after Upper Deck bartender Nicole Gland was found stabbed to death in
her vehicle behind the business.
Upper Deck bouncer Christopher Mark Dillard has been charged with Gland’s
An effort by the Chesterton Tribune this morning to reach the Upper
Deck’s owner--Jason Budzevski, according to Town of Chesterton business
registration records--was unsuccessful.
The last post on the Upper Deck’s Facebook page was made on Saturday, April
22--three days after the murder--promoting a benefit that day for Gland’s
family. “100% of the proceeds from the bar will go to the Gland family,” the
post stated. “$5 cover charge. Food donated by the employees & customers at
Flannery’s Tavern & Val’s Famous Pizza and Grinders.”
Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski told the Tribune that the CPD
has received information to the effect that it was a “voluntary closure by
the bar owner for an unknown period of time,” but that he hasn’t himself
been able to speak to Budzevski to confirm that.
Meanwhile, Cincoski had no new information to report on the status of the
CPD’s homicide investigation, except to say that detectives are still
seeking to interview several persons. Cincoski declined to say, however,
what connection those persons may have to the investigation.
Gland, 23, was found deceased in her Ford SUV at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday, April
19, next to a dumpster behind the Chesterton Tribune building on Lois
Lanes, two doors south of the Upper Deck. An autopsy subsequently determined
that she’d been stabbed 24 times in the torso, head, and neck, and bled to
The break in the case came later that same day, when Dillard’s girlfriend
reported to Hobart Police, after hearing of Gland’s death, that she’d
discovered a knife missing from her butcher block, according to the probable
cause affidavit filed by Cincoski.
Dillard was located in Hobart on the evening of April 19, detained for
questioning, and transported to the Chesterton Police Department.
During the course of that interview, Cincoski stated, Dillard advised that
he remembered little of his movements in the early morning hours of April
19, as he’d been “‘partying rough’ for the last two days.”
But in a conversation with his girlfriend early in the morning of Thursday,
April 20--in a recorded interview room at the CPD station and with full
knowledge that his comments were being taped--Dillard admitted that “I
killed the girl, I didn’t mean to,” telling his girlfriend that “the drugs
had a hold on me,” Cincoski stated.