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State Excise Police raid Michigan City bar

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A Michigan City bar where law enforcement has received more than 100 calls for service in the last year is facing multiple charges after four people were taken into custody there early Sunday morning, the Indiana State Excise Police said.

Reilly’s Bar, at 1103 Franklin St., was preliminarily cited for allowing a minor to loiter, sale of alcohol to a minor, being a public nuisance, and failure to maintain a high and fine reputation, police said.

Reilly’s Bar was also preliminarily cited for having an unlicensed employee, failing to maintain employee permit records, sale of alcohol to an intoxicated patron, hindering enforcement of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, misbranding alcoholic beverages, and various gaming violations, police said.

In addition, officers with the Indiana State Excise Police, Michigan City Police Department, and LaPorte County Sheriff’s Police said also took four Michigan City residents into custody, police said: Dontarius Garrett, 24, was charged with resisting arrest; Darnell Crawford, 35, was charged with false informing; Lawrence Thompkins, 41, was wanted on a warrant issued through Michigan City; and Donald Webb II, 33, was charged with battery on law enforcement and resisting arrest.

Two women whose names were not released, aged 19 and 20, were also charged with being a minor in a tavern and minor consumption of alcohol, police said.

The MCPD has received 134 calls for service in the last year at Reilly’s Bar, police said.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. While excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, they focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.



Posted 3/31/2014