Archive for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Former Baldwin bar manager enters no-contest plea to serving alcohol after hours

February 9, 2011


A former manager at a Baldwin City bar pleaded no-contest Wednesday to one misdemeanor count of serving alcohol after hours.

Prosecutors agreed to drop a second charge against Douglas S. Delaney, 51. James McCabria, an assistant Douglas County district attorney, said a police officer observed two bottles of beer on the counter at 3:30 a.m. June 13 at The Salt Mine, 301 Ames St. The officer said he saw a woman inside drink from one of the bottles and Delaney holding onto a bottle, although he didn’t see Delaney drink from it, McCabria said.

It is illegal for a drinking establishment to permit the serving or consumption of alcohol on its premises between 2 a.m. and 9 a.m., according to prosecutors.

During a hearing on Monday, Delaney contended he and an employee were cleaning up after a busy night. He faced the same charge for an Aug. 21 incident, but prosecutors agreed to drop it.

The Baldwin City Police Department in December identified Delaney as an owner of the bar, but McCabria said Delaney told the officer he was a manager. The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control online directory Wednesday listed the owner as Michael A. Magers. According to the ABC, the establishment was assessed $600 for the two incidents.

“As a result of this, I have resigned my position there, so it’s not to have an effect on the business at all,” Delaney told District Judge Sally Pokorny. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what else to say.”

Pokorny ordered Delaney to pay a $100 fine plus $155 in court costs.


Judgesmails 7 years, 3 months ago

nice job, cop

way to clean up the mean streets of BC


windjammer 7 years, 3 months ago

Just doing his job. Abide by the law or shut it.

windjammer 7 years, 3 months ago

Window shades against the law. Abide by the law or close it.

riverdrifter 7 years, 3 months ago

These people are a menace to society. Take them away! Glad to see that the Baldwin PD has something to do at 330am besides hang out at the Kwik Shop.


kimk 7 years, 3 months ago

Charles Branson's favorite henchman strikes again. Way to go Jim McCabria! Another useless case by the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.

windjammer 7 years, 3 months ago

Just doing his job. District Attorney's Office doing their job. Jim McCabria one fine officer.

bcavetx 7 years, 3 months ago

Actually, the DA doesn't have to press charges against anyone. He/She doesn't have to follow through with charges on anyone, its discretionary. We hear of charges being dropped all the time. Here, there is no harm to society or the small town of Baldwin. Just cops out trying to find something to do. So, practice your own preaching and "check the law."

Chris Ogle 7 years, 3 months ago

I can't believe this one. I used to work at a bar (20 yrs ago) , and it was common on a busy night to be cleaning up at 3 am. I am very surprised to read about this establishment.

I eat lunch at this bar on Fridays, and its the best fresh shrimp either grilled or fried.... If it's still open, you should try it. It's worth the wait.

Of course Baldwin does have a Sonic......................

gccs14r 7 years, 3 months ago

Sure, I can see being there cleaning up at 3, but apparently you're not supposed to drink while you're there. I agree with the window shades comment.

viagra_sailor 7 years, 3 months ago

I believe (someone confirm/deny) that Ricks at 9th and Illinois has window shades. So, they're either breaking the law or windjammer be trollin.

windjammer 7 years, 3 months ago

No problem cleaning at 3 am. No drinking after 2 am. Can't abide by the law then shut it down for a couple months.

jhawkinsf 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's see, cleaning up after a busy night. One guy and one woman. Sounds like someone was trying to get lucky but it didn't work out that way.

Chris Ogle 7 years, 3 months ago

Now that's funny.... I don't care who your are.

local_vocal 7 years, 3 months ago

Not paying your taxes, I can understand shutting it down. But not shutting it down for the actions of an employee. Repeated infractions, then you pull the license.

ralphralph 7 years, 3 months ago

Why are we spending taxpayer's money regulating this? If someone wants a beer at 3:30 AM, what business is that of mine or yours? Maybe they work from 5PM to 3AM? Maybe they just like to drink late? I don't care, and I don't want my tax dollars spent chasing this crap around.

C'mon, Kansas! Leave the past behind! Prohibition ended before my mom was born, and we're still chasing the 'shiners through the dark in Baldwin City. How about we just leave it up to people to make their own decisions, and impose consequences on them for actual bad conduct, and not just the possibility that they might behave badly if they aren't living like "we" think they should.

CHEEZIT 7 years, 3 months ago

I remember the days working in a bar. Sometimes after a particularly busy night we would sit down and have a drink. I'm pretty sure a lot of people, no matter what the occupation, drink after work.. Yes I know it is against the law in a drinking establishment! The most famous sheriff of all use to tell Barney, "Sometimes you have to use the human equation!"

avoice 7 years, 3 months ago

They don't like references to Andy and Barney in Baldwin.

BrianR 7 years, 3 months ago

Bars have hours when the can't serve a drink, now that is straight out of the 1930s. It's illegal to whistle underwater in Vermont too. HA!

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 3 months ago

Just proves how utterly ridiculous a LOT of laws are...they date from the dawning of mankind, it seems!! (Some of them do! ha!) But, oh, these Barney Fife characters can't be working on a case of child abuse or some other horrendous crime...they have to be checking to see if there's a beer bottle sitting on a bar "after hours"...this is all too much for me...I cannot tolerate such stupidity...

I've already posted regarding this and I'm getting REALLY riled up, so I'd better sign off now before I make a scene at the DA's office, get handcuffed and thrown into a cell...if the "Barneys" think the beer after hours was a huge issue, they need to deal with a VERY irritated southern belle!!! HA!!!!

timeforachange 7 years, 3 months ago

I , for one, will sleep well tonight knowing these felons are under the watchful eye of the Baldwin Police Force.
And Windjammer keep your 'holier than thou' attitude to yourself.

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 3 months ago

GREAT post, timeforachange!! And it certainly is TIME FOR A CHANGE!!!

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 3 months ago

Of all the lame-brained articles I've read here on LJW, this is about the MOST stupid!!! And some of the posts are just as ridiculous...

windjammer has GOT to have a relative or friend hanging out around the DA's office, yes, windjammer?? I'm sure you're MUCH appreciated by the DA's office, windjammer. They should make you their official spokesperson! are right, of course. Everyone knows that!
This is all much ado about nothing...let's go after REAL criminals...

beerguy...I don't know WHAT you're talking about!!

As I said, lame-brained is what this is...get a life, windjammer, and stop with the repeated's quite disgusting. You are definitely stepping on my last frayed nerve!!!

Delaney, I wish you had not resigned. I don't know you, but this is a bunch of garbage...I would not have let this ridiculous DA's office and that "Barney Fife" of a police officer make me resign!!! A LOT of us are on your side!! I'm sorry about this, Delaney...ralphralph is SO right in his post. But I'm supposing you did what you felt was right for you...perhaps not even wanting to deal with people such as Branson and McCabria. Can't blame you for that!! (I don't mean to be putting words in your mouth, Delaney...I'm trying to figure out this whole mess.) It's quite unbelievable to me.

Good luck to you, Delaney!!

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm so upset, I didn't even spell nonsense correctly! But this gives me a chance to say it again... THIS IS JUST SO MUCH NONSENSE!!!! PURE NONSENSE!! NONSENSE!!

lurn 7 years, 3 months ago

Windjammer should jam it or shut it

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