State serves fine to local bar

Alastair Baker
News Editor

The Montana Department of Revenue slapped the Snag Bar in Red Lodge with a 6-day suspension from Dec. 6-12 for four violations under the Montana All-Alcoholic Beverages License.
The Dept. Revenue records state the Snag Bar, owned by ll Bad Boys, Inc., served a “highly intoxicated” person; the licensee remained open between 2 a.m. – 8 a.m.; provided alcohol to a person under 21 years of age, and failed to submit a management agreement within 30 days of hiring a manager.
All these offenses took place between July 18, 2015 and Sept. 29, 2015.
According to Dept. of Revenue documents, the first offense took place during the Beartooth Rally July 18 after an investigator with the Dept. of Justice, Gambling Investigations Bureau observed an intoxicated individual being served three drinks. The bar tender was cited and pled guilty at a later date.
The second offense occurred Oct. 13, 2015 when another investigator with the Gambling Control Division, was contacted by the then Police Chief Steve Hibler regarding liquor law violations occurring at the Snag Bar on Sept. 22. Hibler was conducting an investigation into an assault that had taken place that day and noticed from video surveillance footage “that a number of individuals were still in the Snag Bar after 2 a.m.”
Records state that three non-employees were helping the bartender clean up the Snag and left at 2:15 a.m. The bartender was cited for “being open after hours allowing a non-employee on the licensed premises after the designated closing time.”
The third violation took place Nov. 30, 2015 when “a confidential informant, a 19-year old female, was served a Bud Light. When asked her age by the bartender the informant said “25.” The bar tender was cited for selling to an underage person.
The fourth violation involved the licensee failing to submit a management agreement within 30 days of hiring Carl Lauritzen as employee of the Snag Bar. The Department had not received such an agreement. Records state Lauritzen had signed 222 checks from January 2015 to September 2015, including payroll checks from ll Bad Boys, Inc’s operation checking account. Lauritzen also paid the day-to-day business expenses of the Snag Bar with ll Bad Boys, Inc’s corporate credit card and had been ordering liquor from CCC Wine & Spirits. The investigation concluded that, “Lauritzen was working in a manager-like capacity at the Snag Bar where he was supervising personnel and the day-to-day business functions of the licensed premises.”
The violations stem from a number of reports the Department of Revenue received from the Department of Justice, Gambling Control Investigation Bureau from July 18, 2015, Sept. 22, 2015, Nov. 30, 2015, Jan. 22, 2016, Feb. 18, 2016, March 3, 2016, March 11, 2016 and May 19, 2016, “alleging various liquor law violations” according to state records.


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