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Solon Bars Cited During Liquor Law Crackdown

Three Solon bars were cited for noncompliance with liquor laws when liquor enforcement officers performed a sweep in Solon.

Three Solon bars were issued administrative citations after they were caught breaking liquor laws during an operation on Dec. 7, according to Solon Police.

Officers with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control perfomed undercover operations in Solon on Dec. 7, sending officers to bars in the city to check their compliance with the state's liquor laws and complying with their liquor licenses.

According to Solon Police, three bars were cited. They include:

The Rusty Bucket at Uptown Solon was issued an administrative citation after a bartender, 26, served alcohol to someone who was 17 years old. The bartender was also cited in the incident.

The Annex Bar and Grille on Pettibone Road was issued an administrative citation after a bartender, 28, allowed a patron to walk out the door with a beer. That bartender was also cited in the incident. The Annex also received an administrative citation for a sanitation issue.

The Crossroads Restaurant on Aurora Road was issued an administrative citation for allowing disorderly conduct after officers saw a man passed out at the bar. The man, a 53-year-old Solon man, was also cited for disorderly conduct.

Administrative citations are added to a bar's file and will be considered when the liquor license is up for renewal.

joe schomar December 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
This is really becoming bullshit on how they are treating these bars. No one a needd to know the names of these three bars let alone get cracked down for some made up laws. The city of Solon is a joke and a city that has to much time on their hands, go worry about something that can actually serve the people some good!
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Hi Joe: Just so it's clear, this wasn't the city of Solon. It was the state division of liquor control that ran this operation. They just gave the information to the police.
Kim Hegedus December 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
A patron walking out of a bar with a beer( without bars consent) should not be the bartenders responsibility..AND the sanitation issue was a misplaced documentation of cleaning of beer lines...which has been found and proven to have been done...Why not get the rest of the story?
joe schomar December 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
if you ever looked at anyone in ploice blot. thy will mention age and discription but never ussually a name. so if thats the case why would they mention the three bars names. serving a 17 year old isnt fake but how did it happen. and like kim said the sanitation was false and how can you control a patron walking out with his beverage?
Derek December 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
The real question i would like answered is if three bars were cited why does the Annex get the honor of having its picture being the headliner...
Derek December 12, 2012 at 07:41 PM
...and further more in the story, it was not a bar patron who took the beer outside but indeed the liquor agent himself. He was a sole violator. Thus violating the same law he is trying to uphold. Definition of entrapment.
Suzi Castiglione December 12, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Names are sometimes mentioned in Police Blotters although I have never understood how they make the decision on who they name or don't name...except in the case of minors. I don't believe there are any laws prohibiting the mention of a business' name in a Police Blotter. As far as accuracy of reporting on the Patch.... I do not know their procedures. I do know in the past that they have posted an update when information was not compete or was inaccurate. You can and have to control patrons in your place of business.....I have family who owned a bar in another state. They have to be responsible for the safety of their patrons. We may not like all the laws, I don't agree with all of them, but we do have to obey those that are in place. I do see there are alcohol training programs for those serving alcohol. As far as the photo.....that is a minor issue....I am sure that patrons/owners of all three establishments would have a problem with their photo being the one published.
Jack Kelly December 13, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Uhh...it clearly names the businesses who were cited. And these were administrative citations issued by OH Division of Liquor Control. Perhaps you missed all of this in the story in a rush to comment.
Paul Skowronski December 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
How is it entrapment Derek? The agent took his drink outside and no one at that bar stopped him (or her). There is this thing called a liquor license, and there are many different types of liquor licenses which permit you to be able to do many different things, and in this case here, the Annex obviously does not have a license which permits it's patrons to drink outside of the bar, while still on the premises. It's not entrapment... it's a determination of whether or not the establishment would stop a patron from going outside and drinking.
Heinz Knall December 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
I have to go along with Derek, at least to some extent. If not entrapment, then darn close. The liquor agent intentionally violated his own regulation in an effort to fabricate a violation. I'm not sure how the Annex is staffed, but I'm sure they don't have a large one. What if the bartender was occupied with a customer? Would a regular patron put the bar owner in jeopardy that way? Would anyone at the bar even care if someone took a beer outside so they could catch a smoke? If it was in fact the inspector that took the beer outside, then it was a cheap shot.
Paul Skowronski December 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Undercover police buy drugs from drug dealers to prove that they committed a crime. It's the same thing.
Heinz Knall December 13, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Not to put too fine a point on it, but in the case of the drug dealer, the dealer is voluntarily engaging in a criminal act and doing the soliciting either actively or by implication. The bartender was engaged in some other activity, say tending bar and didn’t see the “patron” exiting the establishment. I should add that my comments are purely academic since I was not there.
Paul Skowronski December 13, 2012 at 09:36 PM
As are mine Heinz. I simply like to play devil's advocate.
Kassie Haggard December 14, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I agree!

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