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.