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Celebrities among those cited for public drunkenness in Geneva

Published: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 4:40 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – A night out with Hollywood stars at a Jenny McCarthy charity event ended with tickets for public intoxication for some outside a nightspot in Geneva, records show.

McCarthy’s event Saturday at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles raised money for Bridges Montessori Academy in St. Charles. 

Among those cited were actors and dancers.

About 12:30 a.m. Sunday, 30 to 40 guests came with McCarthy to EvenFlow Music and Spirits, 302 W. State St., Geneva, according to Michael Knuth, who, along with Nicholas Mercadante, owns the bar, dinner and live music venue. 

“It was a very nice night,” Knuth said. “Jenny invited her guests from Baker Hotel. She was very nice and enjoyed music and spirits.”

Knuth said the last call for drinks was 1:50 a.m. The guests did not drink any alcoholic beverages in that time, he said, because it’s against the city’s liquor code to serve alcohol between 2 and 6 a.m.

“They were not here at 5 a.m.; they were outside waiting for a cab,” Knuth said. “I don’t know how long they were waiting. Who knows where they went or what they did, but as for me and my bar, they were not drinking.”

According to Geneva police reports, those who received $50 tickets for public drunkenness at 5:45 a.m. Sunday were Kelly M. Monaco, 37, of Pocono Pines, Pa.; Sergey A. Onik, 25, of West Hollywood, Calif.; Heath J. Freeman, 36, of Los Angeles; Joanne C. McCarthy, 38, of Sherman Oaks, Calif.;  Alexis A. Gault, 32, of the 400 block of South Third Street, Geneva; and Michael L. Isaacson, 25, of the 500 block of Kingston Drive, Geneva.

Monaco is a reality TV star, winner of “Dancing With the Stars” during its first season and an actress on “General Hospital,” according to the IMDB website.

Onik is a United States national dance champion, choreographer and instructor at L.A. Dance Events, according to its website.

Freeman is a movie and TV actor who was in “Skateland” and serial killer Howard Epps on the TV series “Bones,” also according to IMDB.

Joanne McCarthy is Jenny McCarthy’s sister and a makeup artist, according to IMDB.

Jenny McCarthy’s publicist did not respond to an email seeking comment about the citations.

Geneva police reports are at odds with EvenFlow partner Knuth’s explanation of what happened that morning. 

According to reports, Joanne McCarthy told police they arrived at EvenFlow at 1:45 a.m. for an after-hours party and they drank alcoholic beverages, up until they went outside, right before police arrived at 5:45 a.m.

Also according to reports, Monaco was belligerent to officers at times, and “repeatedly stated she was a celebrity on the television shows ‘General Hospital’ and ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ”

The report said Monaco’s demeanor changed when police advised her of the consequences of her behavior.

Gault, a server at EvenFlow, told police she drank alcohol herself as well as served it to the group after the business closed.

According to police reports, Mercadante told police he admitted serving alcohol to the group until their departure at 5:45 a.m. because he wanted to “accommodate some ‘famous’ people and made a poor choice for his business.”

Mayor Kevin Burns, in his capacity as the city’s liquor commissioner, said he is reviewing the police reports and talking to officers and witnesses involved.

If charges were to be filed against the business, it would be EvenFlow’s third liquor code violation.

In November, the business was cited for serving alcohol between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m., as per the city’s liquor code.

The business also was cited in June during Swedish Days for serving underage patrons during a police compliance check.

Knuth insisted that no matter what the police report states, he and Mercadante both were working that night, and no alcohol was served after last call. He said if they were intoxicated, it was because they were drinking earlier.

“We did not break any of the local laws,” Knuth said. “No one was drinking at EvenFlow.”

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