OLCC busts three

Three people were arrested over the weekend during a monthly alcohol compliance check of bars and restaurants throughout Medford, police said.

Medford police along with Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Jackson County parole and probation officials toured six businesses where alcohol is served and three parks Saturday. They were looking for liquor service violations such as overserving, allowing minors into bars and other criminal conduct.

"We started this program around nine months ago," Medford police Lt. Tim Doney said. "We usually like to visit at least six places, but sometimes can hit up to 20 establishments."

Last September, the team dropped in on 35 businesses on one night, police said.

In all, three people were arrested for violating the terms of their probation or parole. Often, those recently convicted of a crime are forbidden to enter a place where alcohol is served.

One person was arrested on outstanding warrants, six were cited for liquor law violations and five residences were checked for parole or probation violators, police reported.

El Marinero at 12 N. Riverside Ave. was issued an administrative violation for serving alcohol to minors.

The teams target bars that have generated complaints, numerous police calls to the neighborhood or arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Teams also drop in on licensed establishments at random, Doney said.

The team has branched out from focusing solely on bars and restaurants, Doney said. They also will visit city parks looking for anyone drinking or using drugs.

"We encourage everyone to go out and have a good time," Doney said. "But people need to go about it responsibly."

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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