Bone Yard Pub owner pleads guilty to two reduced charges

MEDFORD — A Medford pub owner will pay nearly $1,000 in fines and restitution stemming from rooftop antics on April Fools' Day that landed him in jail.

Bone Yard Pub owner Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges — interfering with a peace officer and disorderly conduct — before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ray White.

Hunter, 31, of Central Point, was arrested April 1 on charges of felony criminal mischief, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment after police received a complaint at around 7 a.m. about people throwing things onto Riverside Avenue and Main Street from the roof of the Bone Yard Pub. Two of Hunter's friends also were arrested and two employees were sent to the county's sobering center.

The resisting arrest charge was recently changed to interfering with a peace officer, said prosecutor Jeremy Markiewicz.

White ordered Hunter to pay $254 in restitution and more than $700 in fines and to avoid intoxicants while serving one year of unsupervised probation, Markiewicz said.

Attempts by the Mail Tribune to contact Hunter on Tuesday were unsuccessful. He made no comment in court other than pleading guilty, Markiewicz said.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is investigating the Bone Yard for alleged criminal activity in connection with the April 1 incident. The business and the involved employees could face fines and license suspensions or cancellations from OLCC.

Mark Adams, OLCC inspector for the Medford region, said the business is operating with a conditional letter of authority until an administrative law judge in Portland rules on the case.

A hearing date has not been set, he said. Adams estimated that a decision may be at least three months away.

The Medford City Council is scheduled to consider whether to recommend renewing Hunter's liquor license for the pub at Thursday night's meeting.

Hunter also must bring building modifications into compliance with city building codes, said Chris Reising, Medford's building and safety director.

Reising said there have been numerous violations, which Hunter has been fixing one by one, under the city's guidance.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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