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Elkader bar will have hearing on suspended liquor license

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ELKADER (KWWL) -

An administrative hearing will be held February 13 to discuss a recent liquor license suspension of Double T, LLC - which owns Fennelly's Irish Pub in Elkader.

The bar's liquor license was pulled after the arrest of a bar manager, who reportedly threatened a minor with a pipe during an undercover alcohol compliance check in December.

Authorities say manager Tim Finley told the youth that he thought it was a "sting" and told the girl to go into the basement of the establishment because he was going to cause her great physical harm.

Finley also threatened her with what resembled a brown pipe.  When the girl would not go to the basement, Finley would not let her leave, and threatened her several times during the incident.  The youth was finally able to leave the establishment and informed a deputy.

Clayton County Chief Deputy Ryan Johnson said the minor's statement is in line with what Finley said after he was arrested.

Finley is now charged with 2nd degree harassment, false imprisonment and 3rd degree kidnapping.  The Iowa Department of Public Safety requested an emergency suspension of Double T, LLC's liquor license, saying the licensee "lacks sufficient good moral character required to hold a liquor license in Iowa."  The business was unable to sell alcohol beginning one week after the incident happened.

The administrative hearing will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 1:00 p.m. in Des Moines.

 

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