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Archive for Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Six teens apprehended at downtown bar Wednesday morning

June 11, 2014, 3:12 p.m. Updated June 11, 2014, 4:03 p.m.

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Lawrence Police responded to a complaint of numerous minors consuming alcohol at Shots bar, 1008 Massachusetts St., around 1:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said.

Upon arrival, officers discovered dozens of juveniles and adults who appeared to be under the age of 21 in the establishment. However, when officers began conducting a bar check for identification, many patrons fled through the downtown bar’s back door, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

Police took a 16-year-old female and two 17-year-old males into custody. Police also cited a 19-year-old male for interfering with the duties of an officer as police were attempting to escort patrons outside.

A patrol sergeant and one of the detained 17-year-olds suffered injuries from falling while the teen attempted to flee, McKinley said. After a brief foot chase, the officer captured the man, who was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital before being released to his parents.

Additionally, police issued curfew violations to a 15-year-old female and 16-year-old male. McKinley said children under the age of 18 must be detained if discovered out past curfew even if the youth are not caught consuming alcohol.

“When juveniles are involved, we have a responsibility to corral them,” McKinley said. “By nature, when they are out after curfew they become a child in need of care.”

Shots could not be reached for comment.

Comments

Steve Swaggerty 6 months, 1 week ago

One less Bar Downtown! What the hell was the Bartender thinking? He will at least face a Hefty fine and considering the circumstances, may do jail time.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months, 1 week ago

There goes their liquor license. Sure hope it was worth it to them.

Patricia Goodlett 6 months, 1 week ago

Its not the only bar downtown lately that minors been in.

They think its ok because of the concerts at other establishments

Julius Nolan 6 months, 1 week ago

One less bar downtown means much better atmosphere for normal people,

Bob Forer 6 months, 1 week ago

I can understand a 20 year old or two slipping by, but several high school students? They obviously had to know they were underage but were apparently more concerned with their bottom line than obeying the law.

Chris Bohling 6 months, 1 week ago

Color me unsurprised. That's one of the worst establishments in Lawrence and I'd be very happy if it closed down.

Zachariah Davis 6 months, 1 week ago

Why don't they run this kind of enforcement all year round to truly curb underage drinking and the other crimes that happen because of it and these establishments failure to follow the law? Its pretty common knowledge that Shot's, Brothers, The Hawk and The Cave are places that will serve you if your underage but very little is done to put an end to the high amount of resources that end up in place because of these businesses negligence.

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