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Sweep busts bar, party

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
November 5, 2007
— Rock County sheriff’s deputies closed one bar over the weekend and forced their way into a rural Edgerton house party, issuing 20 citations and arresting a 20-year-old man on five charges.

The incidents came on a night when the sheriff’s department used an extra hour of bar time—courtesy of the fall clock change—to focus on drinking violations in the county.


“We do bar checks normally, and I just thought we’d focus on a bar check on a night they have an extra hour of drinking time,’’ Sgt. Mike Mugnani said.


Although it was “no great sweep,” Mugnani said, “of the four places we hit, we found violations along with a big party.”


Deputies pried open a door at 5390 W. River Oaks Road, Edgerton, about 1 a.m. Sunday after looking through windows and seeing a large number of underage people, including one who was passed out on a couch and possibly in danger, according to a sheriff’s department news release.


Deputies reported seeing beer cans and firearms strewn about the home. They decided to force their way in “due to concerns regarding alcohol toxicity, overall safety of drunken underage people and obvious damage to property issues,” according to the news release.


Eleven people were cited for underage consumption of alcohol, and two were cited for procuring/dispensing alcoholic beverages to an underage person.


Cody J. Hinkle, 20, Edgerton, was arrested on five charges. He is accused of throwing ketchup on the walls of the house, lighting bottle rockets and emptying a fire extinguisher inside the house, breaking windows and screens and making a false call to 911 reporting a home invasion on Pennycook Road in an apparent attempt to lure deputies away from the party, according to the news release.


He jumped out a window when deputies entered the house but was apprehended later that morning, according to the sheriff’s department.


Hinkle was arrested on charges of obstructing, damage to property, disorderly conduct, negligent handling of burning materials and making a false 911 call. He also was cited for fireworks violation and underage alcohol consumption.


When deputies arrived at the home, they stopped a pickup truck driving over neighborhood lawns. They arrested the driver—William R. Olson, 21—on charges of drunken driving, open intoxicants in a vehicle and dispensing alcoholic beverages to an underage person.


Olson is accused of giving alcohol to his 16-year-old female passenger. She was cited for underage drinking. The girl had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20, which is 2.5 times the legal limit for driving—and open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. She later was released to a parent.


The party was among five alcohol-related enforcement actions by the sheriff’s department over the weekend.


-- Deputies closed Wedges Bar, 2006 N. County E, Janesville, at 12:05 a.m. Sunday. During a bar check, deputies discovered that bartender Angela J. Myers, 27, Janesville, did not have an operator’s permit. Because no other operator was on duty, the bar was closed. The license holder for the bar—Abbey R. Monson, 26, Janesville—will be ordered into court for violating her manager’s/operator’s license restrictions.


-- Deputies visited Bubba D’s Bar, 3516 W. County M, Edgerton, at 1:09 a.m. Sunday. Desirea N. Baker, 24, Edgerton, initially lied to deputies about her identity because there were warrants out for her on charges of resisting/obstructing and worthless checks, according to the news release. She later was arrested and taken to the jail on charges of open intoxicants in public and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Bartender Kelly A. Korntved, 22, Edgerton, did not have a bartender’s license, so Denise L. Kerl, 42, Janesville, who is the class B license holder of the establishment, was ordered into court on the misdemeanor violation of class B manager’s/operator’s license restriction. Because another licensed bartender was on duty, the bar was able to stay open.


-- Deputies went to the Willowdale Bar, 5904 W. Highway 11, Janesville, at 12:30 a.m. Saturday for a report of an underage female in the bar. They found a 20-year-old Janesville resident at the bar and drinking an alcoholic beverage. She was cited for underage drinking and being on the premises of a retail alcohol establishment. Bartender Arthur T. Conner, 53, was cited for selling alcoholic beverages to an underage person.


-- Deputies went to the Shady Nook Bar, 2815 N. County E, Janesville, at 11:52 p.m. Saturday. During a bar check, deputies discovered three underage people accompanied by an adult in the bar. The adult was the parent of two of the underage people but was not the parent of the third underage person, a 17-year-old female. Bartender Jennifer L. Pliner, 32, Janesville, was cited for allowing an underage person on the premises of a retail alcohol establishment.


Alcohol contributes to many calls for the sheriff’s department, particularly during third shift, Mugnani said.


That includes accidents, fights at bars and domestic disturbances, he said.


Of those, Mugnani estimated 80 percent on third shift are fueled by alcohol.


“We’re definitely conscious of that and trying to take enforcement action,” he said.


The hope, Mugnani said, “is that it will make a few people think twice.”



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