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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.

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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