Archive for Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Diversion reached in saloon allegation

May 15, 2002

Three Leavenworth County men who were suspected of operating an open saloon following a raid last month have entered into diversion agreements.

According to Frank Kohl, Leavenworth County attorney, the three men have signed a six-month diversion agreement and will pay $500 fees. In addition, Kohl said, the three have forfeited money and liquor that was seized on April 12 from property they were renting west of Fort Leavenworth in the 16100 block of Fort Riley Road.

These men entered into the diversion agreement: David C. Caldwell, 38, Heimes A. Kilgore, 35, and Richard W. Rousseau, 41.

Charges were not filed against the men. But Kohl said if they do not fulfill the terms of the agreement including paying the fine and not breaking the law they would be charged with operating an open saloon. The maximum penalty is a fine of up to $500 and a jail term of up to 90 days.

Kohl said 32 bottles of liquor, along with about two dozen bottles of wine and several cases of beer were seized from the property. In addition, about $600 was taken, but about half that money came from sale of compact discs, not liquor, Kohl said.

During the April 12 raid of the men's rental property, officers discovered untaxed liquor was being furnished to about 50 people in return for donations, according to Major Dave Zoellner, Leavenworth County undersheriff.

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