One local bar is under fire and police said underage drinking and fake ID's are on their radar. Our Erin Vannella reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Leah Golby said, “Ultimately we want all neighbors to be responsible and respectful of each other and um you know we have some work to do.”
Albany Police respond to two calls in two weeks in the same neighborhood. The first, a fight on the corner of Yates and Ontario that led to five arrests. The second outside the Stone Crow, after 1 a.m. Friday, that led to three separate, unrelated, charges.
James Miller, Albany Police spokesperson said, “They noticed a couple patrons that looked underage. One in particular was a girl that turned out to be 18 years old that was visibly drunk. They asked her how she got in, she said she got in without an id, she was able to identify the bartender who was serving her. After that they also found two 19-year-old men that also got into the bar and were being served by the same bartender
Both were arrested for possession of a forged instrument and the bartender was charged with three counts of serving underage minors. Bar owners, who spoke off camera, say the girl did have ID but that it passed the door. As a result of her case and the two 19 year olds, owners say they're working with the state liquor authority to learn how better to identify the new fakes and keep them out
“All we're looking for, we understand that these places are businesses, that they're trying to make a living but also that they need to keep underage people out of the bars,” said Miller.
Police said the bar far exceeded its 120 person capacity. To that, bar owners said it will never happen again. In light of what's happened they said they're doing their due diligence to do the right thing and figure out ways to make it better. And that's just what the community wants to hear
“It's even encouraging that they're doing the right thing. They're taking the right steps to be a good neighbor and that's really what it's about,” said Golby.