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Alleged alcohol violation referred to St. Charles Liquor Commission

ST. CHARLES – A downtown St. Charles restaurant has been referred to the city’s liquor commission after police said an employee was drinking beer in the establishment after it had closed.

A sergeant on downtown patrol early Sunday saw a group inside Pub 222, 222 W. Main St., at 2:33 a.m. – about 30 minutes after closing time, police spokesperson Paul McCurtain said.

One employee, Jason W. Martin, was reportedly drinking beer. City code prohibits alcoholic beverages from being served after closing time.

Martin, 37, of the 500 block of Main Street, West Chicago, was charged with after-hours occupancy of a liquor establishment, as was manager Cassandra L. Waggoner, 24, of the 2N800 block of Bowgren Drive, Elburn.

The charge is a city ordinance violation, and the penalty is a fine, McCurtain said. The case will be forwarded to the St. Charles Liquor Commission, which could impose further sanctions, he said.

The liquor commission last penalized Pub 222 in July 2010 for selling alcohol to a person younger than 21.

The establishment was fined $1,486, which included legal costs.

Management for Pub 222 declined to comment Tuesday.

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