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Janesville bar closes following complaint

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Ted Sullivan
July 30, 2010
— Different bar, same problems.

A Janesville bar at a location with a history of trouble has closed and surrendered its liquor license after a complaint was filed to shut it down.


Police Chief Dave Moore filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to revoke the liquor license from McstAggers, 121 E. Milwaukee St.


Matt Ross of Edgerton and Alfredo De Los Monteros of Janesville had the license. They could not be reached for comment.


The complaint states the bar’s former DJ, Michael J. Berg, was arrested on charges of delivery of heroin inside the bar.


About 20 fights or disturbances occurred at the bar from May through July, according to the complaint. Fights included beatings, throwing beer bottles, tossing bar stools and serious injuries.


Other problems included urinating on the sidewalk, underage drinking and selling alcohol to minors, according to the complaint.


One of the owners, Ross, also was arrested on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the complaint.


Police pursued revoking the bar’s license because it didn’t address its problems after meeting with city officials, Moore said. McstAggers will avoid a revocation hearing in front of the city council because it closed.


“It’s unusual both in the number of calls for service we had to this bar … and the reluctance to cooperate with police,” Moore said.


Bars at McstAggers’ location have been known for problems.


Corvina’s bar attracted unfavorable attention for crowds gathering outside the bar, violent behavior and underage drinking.


The bar owner claimed Corvina’s was unfairly targeted because patrons included black people. Police denied that claim, saying they target behavior.


Corvina’s closed after its owners were evicted. The city then voided the bar’s liquor license when its ownership changed.


“I don’t know anything unique about the location that should cause these problems,” Moore said. “I think it has to do with the liquor license holders and the way they conduct their business.”


McstAggers opened in the location after Corvina’s closed. The owners said they wanted a clean, quiet bar.


They met with city officials after several police calls to their bar. They said they were working to reduce problems.


Bar staff reluctantly attended the police department’s conflict resolution training, Moore said.


“Many alcohol establishments in the city will call us when they foresee problems starting,” he said. “We really had a lack of cooperation.”


Ross and Monteros won’t be allowed to have a liquor license in Janesville for a year, Moore said. The bar’s location won’t be able to have a license for 60 days.


“We want our liquor establishments to be orderly and safe,” he said.



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