What started as a report of a suspicious incident ended with one man being cited with public drunkenness and a local bar being reported to the St. Charles Liquor Commission.
According to police, John J. Palomo, 32, of the 100 block of Heritage Lane, Streamwood, was cited with disorderly conduct—public drunkenness at 3:08 a.m. March 14, 2013, after an 83-year-old resident of the 200 block of North 2nd Street called 911 to report that a drunken man was calling her apartment and asking that she open the door and made comments about knocking the door down.
Officers responding to the residence found an intoxicated man identified as Palomo, who one of the officers had seen walking around downtown near one establishment after the bars closed at 2 a.m. But Palomo said he had been drinking only at The Beehive Tavern & Grille, 204 W. Main St.
According to police Palomo said he and a friend were celebrating the friend’s 33rd birthday at The Beehive, where Palomo said he had six to eight drinks. He produced two credit card receipts, one time-stamped at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, totaling $80.75, the second time-stamped at 12:25 a.m. Thursday for $30.50.
Palomo said he was trying to get into the building where the elderly woman lived to stay warm, and had been able to get into the building’s lobby area where there was a phone handset and directory of residents.
Police transported Palomo to the St. Charles Police Department, 211 N. Riverside Ave., where he could stay warm while awaiting a cab.
On March 4, the city fined The Beehive $2,000 and assessed $500 in costs for two violations on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The first violation was for permitting an intoxicated person to loiter there and for serving or delivering an alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person. The second was an unrelated incident in which a patron left the bar with an alcoholic beverage.
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St. Charles Patch Editor's note: While the police report listed a citation to the bar in this incident, the owner said Tuesday he has not been issued a citation at this time. The headline has been changed to reflect the potential citation.