Archive for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Sheriff’s deputies bust saloon

April 17, 2002

Leavenworth County sheriff's deputies on Friday broke up what they described as an open saloon that was operating northeast of Leavenworth.

"We received anonymous tips a drinking establishment had opened up in the county," said Major Dave Zoellner, Leavenworth County undersheriff.

After a month of investigation, sheriff's officers obtained a search warrant for a home and outbuildings in the 16100 block of Fort Riley Road. There, they surprised about 50 people.

Zoellner said the four people renting the property apparently were operating an open saloon in the barn when officers arrived at 11 p.m. Untaxed alcohol was being furnished to people who had given a donation, he said.

A sign along Fort Riley Road pointed the way to the operation, called the Nike Nuclear Lounge, Zoeller said. He believes it had been open on Friday nights, at least since January.

Agents from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control as well as agents from Fort Leavenworth's Criminal Investigation Detachment accompanied sheriff's deputies to the property, which is just west of Fort Leavenworth.

Zoellner said no one was arrested, and charges, for possible violation of state liquor laws, are pending with the Leavenworth County attorney.

"We weren't out there to arrest anybody," he said. "In our professional judgment, if anyone was too impaired to drive, we were not going to let them drive out of there. But our intent wasn't to arrest a bunch of people."

Alcohol, money and records were seized during the search.

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