6/6/17 – Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger says he will not be recommending that three businesses have their liquor licenses suspended or revoked for violating city ordinance. Johnny’s Lounge on Madison Street was assessed 80 points last month under the city’s demerit point ordinance for failure to maintain order. On April 29, a patron said he was dragged out of the bar and punched multiple times. La Tapatia Restaurant on North Spring Street was assessed twice totaling 160 points for not having a licensed bartender on May 4th and May 5th. Lastly, the BP Gas Station on South Spring Street was assessed 230 points for selling alcohol to a minor in an undercover police operation and for not having a licensed bartender on the premise. Kreuziger says the businesses have been cooperative and the matters appeared to be mistakes with no intent to violate the law. He says the businesses developed plans to avoid the problem in the future. In the matter of not having a licensed bartender, the establishments agreed to develop plans to change procedures. The city council adopted a demerit point ordinance in 2009 to better manage drinking establishments that break the law. Taverns that accumulate 200 points in a rolling 18-month period could have their license suspended or revoked.
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