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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee police shut down beer party at business

  • Shawnee police shut down an event involving beer at a local motorcycle shop Saturday night and now it will be up to the district attorney’s office to determine if any charges are warranted in the case.


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  • Shawnee police shut down an event involving beer at a local motorcycle shop Saturday night and now it will be up to the district attorney’s office to determine if any charges are warranted in the case.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said police were made aware of fliers that were announcing a Halloween-type party with bands, costume contests and free draft beer and dinner with ticket purchase. Frantz received reports the fliers also were being circulated at the middle school.
    The event was to take place Saturday evening at Main Street Cycles, 506 E. Main.
    In looking into the matter beforehand, Frantz said he found that city code inspectors went to the business Friday and informed parties there that the business was not zoned or licensed for such an event.
    As it stood that day, the business had an expired temporary occupancy permit, he said, while they were working with code officers on a full permit for a mercantile business and repair shop.
    Frantz said as a result of that interaction, police didn’t expect the event would be held.
    But Friday night, while Frantz and many other officers were patrolling downtown as part of the Boo on Bell event, they noticed increased traffic at the business just before 10 p.m. and decided to check inside.
    Officers found more than 20 persons in a customer lounge area where beer was being served, he said, so officers began checking for anyone underage, with none determined.
    Frantz said the owners of the business weren’t there, but several customer service managers were working and were told by police that the facility wasn’t licensed for what was taking place.
    “They were not licensed for assemblies or public gatherings,” Frantz said, adding they had no special event permit. “They also are not licensed for alcohol.”
    As a result, Frantz said police shut down the event and had those working clear the business and lock the doors.
    While at the scene, police arrested two persons for public drunk and another person who had an outstanding arrest warrant and was found to have marijuana also was taken into custody, he said.
    None of the workers involved were arrested on any type of complaint, he said, but an investigation was launched. Police turned over case reports Tuesday to the district attorney’s office for further review.
    Justin Erickson, the city’s planning director, said the business remained closed Monday, but on Tuesday, the business was issued its permanent occupancy certificate to operate as a business, a process that was ongoing.
    Erickson, who said that permit is for retail services and motorcycle repair, said the situation with police shutting down the business over the weekend is a separate issue. He said the business did not have a special events permit for that type of event.
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