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Ada bar owner sentenced

KENTON — An Ada bar owner was sentenced Thursday in Hardin County Municipal Court on charges that he over-served a 21-year-old patron last August.

Richard Cribley, 61, of Ada, pleaded no contest on charges of furnishing intoxicating liquor to an intoxicated person at the Regal Beagle Bar, 103-107 N. Main St. He received five days in jail with all of those days suspended, a $225 fine and six months of unsupervised probation.

A month-long investigation was initiated in September after the Ohio Investigative Unit Toledo District was contacted by the Ada Police Department about the intoxicated man, who reportedly consumed about 24 shots of alcohol in less than an hour.

According to published reports, the man was celebrating his 21st birthday at the bar and returned to the Ohio Northern University campus where he became sick. He was later admitted into a hospital intensive care unit with alcohol poisoning.

Bartender Joseph L. Jarvi, 33, also of Ada, was sentenced in December to five days in jail with four days suspended, a $200 fine, 16 hours of community service and six months of probation.

“We hope that this case has opened the eyes to bar owners and their employees of the dangers of over-serving their patrons,” said Raymond Rodriguez, agent-in-charge of the investigative unit.

The case will now be presented to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission for administrative citations against the bar’s liquor permit.

Penalties from the commission may include issuing a fine, or suspending or revoking a liquor license.

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