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Mahwah Bar Could Have Liquor License Suspended After Underage Drinking Arrest

One Mahwah teen was arrested after allegedly assaulting a detective at the Mason Jar.

The ’s liquor license could be suspended after one person was arrested and three others were cited there last weekend on charges related to underage drinking, a release from the attorney general’s office said.

According to the release, one Mahwah teen was arrested early Friday morning on underage drinking and aggravated assault charges. Victoria Gorham, 19, allegedly kicked and punched Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Detective Tammy Siano during a countywide enforcement sweep, the release said. Siano did not require immediate medical attention, but did suffer bruising on her legs, authorities said.

Another Mahwah teen, Michael Hauk, 19, was cited on underage drinking charges after detectives “observed [the two] being served by bartenders without being asked for identification,” the release said.

Two bartenders - Kenneth Piece, 50, of Suffern, New York, and Aubrielle Guimarra, 20, of Hewitt – were issued tickets for selling alcohol to underage drinkers, the release said.

The summonses could cost the two bartenders up to $500 each, and could cost the Mason Jar a lot more.

“The liquor licenses of establishments involved in last week’s enforcement efforts will be reviewed by ABC for possible administrative charges,” the release said. “Those charges could result in the suspension of the bar’s alcoholic beverage license.”

The ABC division is a statewide agency that patrols bars and other establishments throughout Bergen County and works to enforce Alcoholic Beverage Control laws.

Mason Jar owners were not at the restaurant Thursday morning and could not be reached for comment.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the number of people arrested. Michael Hauk was cited for underage drinking, but was not arrested.

Jessica Mazzola (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Editor's note: This story initially stated incorrectly that Michael Hauk was arrested. Hauk was ticketed.
Michael Hauk April 19, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Thank you :)
Brian Konash April 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Was she trying to win a Darwin award?
Regenbogen April 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Sorry to see this happen to one of Mahwah's great places to eat!!
Sandy Parks April 20, 2012 at 06:23 PM
So glad that the info on Michael Hauk has been corrected from "arrested" to "ticketed". Hopefully, EVERYONE, will be aware that ID will be requested and presented before being served.
Andy Schmidt April 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Do you have any reason to believe that EVERYONE was NOT already "aware" that an ID was to be presented (to be denied) to be served, and to be requested before serving? I don't believe anyone was caught by surprise here. Hopefully, the proprietor will still have the chance to clean house, employ strict supervision of his employees - and avoid any lasting damages to his business from this incident.
Sandy Parks April 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
This was simply MY way of saying that rules are made to be, and should be, followed. You just have a more agressive approach. But, in the end I believe we are saying the same thing. And, I agree...that the proprietor should have the opportunity to "clean house" and avoid any more unpleasantness!
JB07652 May 03, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Was ID requested? Was FAKE ID offered? Please finish the story
Andy Schmidt May 03, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Why not first READ the story? "being served by bartenders without being asked for identification"

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