3/6/17 – Beaver Dam Police Chief John Kreuziger says that he is assessing enough demerit points against Pop’s Eatery to trigger the process of a liquor license revocation. 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. On February 18th, police say there were numerous arrests and citations issued at Pop’s for weapons, drugs and fighting both inside and outside the establishment. Kreuziger is assessing 300 points, which includes 150 points for having an underage person on the premises and an additional 150 points because the teen sustained a fractured nose in an alleged altercation at the club. That 300 points is in addition to 75 points assessed earlier this year following a similarly turbulent private party on Christmas Eve at Pop’s. In that case, the business was given points for failing to control the conduct of patrons in the parking lot outside after numerous fights were reported. With 375 accumulated points being assessed against Pop’s, Chief Kreuziger is recommending that the business’s liquor license be permanently revoked.
Pop’s owner Musa Hajdini says he is not aware of the February incident that triggered the demerit points and has not received a letter from the city yet informing him of the points being assessed. Pop’s manager Kristine Vaughn says word of the possible license revocation is “devastating.” Vaughn says what she finds most troubling is that in her opinion the demerit point ordinance is not applied consistently and fairly. She says there have been overdose deaths at bars and the establishments were never assessed points. As far as underage patrons, Hajdini says does not even allow underage patrons inside with a parent or guardian. The process spelled out in the demerit point ordinance would then require the city attorney to hire an outside attorney to represent the complainant. In this case, the complainant is the police department’s third-shift lieutenant, Matt Riel. Attorneys for the establishment would then be able to appear before elected officials, who would vote up-or-down on the recommended revocation of the liquor license. No date for that has been set as it is still early in the process.