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Crime & Courts

3 cited in Geneva alcohol compliance checks

GENEVA – Servers at three liquor establishments in Geneva were cited Friday when two underage customers were served beers, police said.

Cmdr. Eric Passarelli said the police used an underage man and woman, both age 19 and using their own identification, when it did liquor compliance checks during the weeklong Swedish Days Festival.

Police checked 16 establishments and beer gardens between 7 and 8 p.m., he said. 

The three whose servers were cited for serving beer to the pair were Fiora’s Restaurant, 317 S. Third St.; Sergio’s Mexican Cantina, 30 W. State St.; and EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St.

The other 13 establishments turned the pair away.

The servers are charged separately from the liquor license holders, Passarelli said.

Information on the three liquor license violations was sent to Mayor Kevin Burns, who is the city’s liquor commissioner. They will get a formal complaint letter and notification of their hearings, which have not been set, Passarelli said.

Passarelli said Fiora’s and EvenFlow did not check for identification at all. A bouncer checked at Sergio’s and allowed them in, but the server did not check again when they ordered beers and were served, he said.

The police do compliance checks every year during Swedish Days and inform all the liquor license holders that these will take place, Passarelli said. 

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