May 16, 2008
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) issued two Sedro-Woolley establishments citations Friday, May 16 after violations were found during a May 10 undercover operation that assessed compliance with state liquor laws. The Sedro-Woolley Police Department assisted with the operation.
Two establishments cited
The Boondocks Bar & Grill, located at 707 Metcalf St., was cited for sale of liquor to an apparently intoxicated person and allowing an apparently intoxicated person to possess liquor. This is the bar’s second citation for over-service this year. The bar faces a five day suspension of its liquor license or a $2,500 fine in lieu of suspension.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2069, located at 1000 Metcalf St., was cited for sale of club liquor to the public. This is the private club’s second citation for selling club liquor to the public within the past two years. The club faces a five day suspension of its liquor license or a $1,500 fine in lieu of suspension.
No violations at five bars
The WSLCB did not find violations at the following bars: Aloha Bar, located at 214 Ferry St.; Cues – N – Brews, located at 708 Metcalf St.; Just Moe’s Steak & Spirits, located at 701 “B” Metcalf St.; Old Timer’s Inn, located at 219 State St.; and The Overflow Bar, located at 109 Ferry St.
Locations of Strategic Interest
The six bars that were checked May 10 are considered “Locations of Strategic Interest” by the WSLCB. Using various data sources, such locations are identified by the WSLCB as posing the greatest threat to public safety in a region. Once identified, these establishments become the focus of intense enforcement and educational efforts by the WSLCB.
The six bars, along with Schooner Tavern, which was closed at the time of the undercover operation, were selected as a group “Location of Strategic Interest” rather than individual locations. This group of bars is located in a downtown area that has required regular law enforcement response.
The private club is not a “Location of Strategic Interest.”
Data sources used to determine “Locations of Strategic Interest” include WSLCB violation history; Driving under the Influence referral lists from the Washington State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies; calls for services from local law enforcement; citizen and community complaints; and complaints and other information from municipal and county governments.
These programs have been very successful, and the agency has received a number of accolades from local law enforcement and local communities for its efforts with these locations.