ST. CHARLES – The newly formed St. Charles Liquor Control Commission is expected to soon hold its first hearing on an alleged liquor license violation.
Monday, a managing partner of The Filling Station, 300 W. Main St., St. Charles, requested a formal hearing on an allegation that on Aug. 16 patrons left the premises while in possession of an alcoholic beverage.
According to a St. Charles Police Department report, a man and a woman in their early 20s left The Filling Station with three drinks and tried to hide them from a police officer monitoring the area.
The officer asked the couple whether they concealed the drinks as they left The Filling Station. Although the man reportedly hid his in his shirt, he told police nobody was watching the patrons.
“[He] told me several times that no one was watching and how he watched a couple people walk out with drinks in their hands,” the officer reported.
The man and woman were reportedly ticketed with having open alcohol in a public place.
Mayor Ray Rogina, who serves as liquor commissioner, asked Peter Milligan of The Filling Station if the description in the complaint was accurate.
Milligan said it was “pretty much accurate” but that circumstances exonerated him from responsibility. He pleaded not guilty.
Rogina said a hearing will be scheduled on the matter. Because The Filling Station hasn’t had a violation in the last 12 months, it faces a maximum fine of $1,000, he said.