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Bar owner found guilty of a liquor license violation

By BRIAN BOHNERT
STAFF WRITER
One of the two owners of Los Tocallos Bar and Restaurant escaped jail time this week after being found guilty of a liquor license violation.
Amber N. Bowers, 31, 837 N. Union St., was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days suspended Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of permits required, a first-degree misdemeanor, and keeping a place where intoxicated liquors are sold, an unclassified misdemeanor, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.
Bowers, along with Andrew P. Miller, 40, 837 N. Union St., failed to renew the business’s state-issued liquor license for more than three months.
In addition to the sentence, Bowers was ordered to pay various fines and court costs.
Officers from the Ohio Investigative Unit in Toledo removed alcohol and business proceeds from Los Tocallos, 203 N. Main St, May 1 after receiving an anonymous call in April reporting the bar was operating without a valid liquor license.
Officers confiscated 451 bottles of beer, 104 partial bottles of liquor and $296.87 in U.S. currency sometime after 9 p.m., said Agent Raymond Rodriguez of the Ohio Investigative Unit in a previous interview with the Review Times.
The liquor permit was scheduled for annual renewal on Feb. 1, but was canceled on April 18 after the owner of the restaurant failed to file for renewal, said Matt Mullins, public relations officer for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.
The license for Los Tocallos was originally acquired on Feb. 1, 2010 through Gamda LLC. with the last renewal taking place on Feb. 1, 2013.
While officers received the tip anonymously, Bowers, who has been running the business for the last year, said in a May interview with the Review Times that it was a “disgruntled employee” who informed law enforcement of the liquor license violation.
Mullins said the time-frame for Bowers and Miller to file an appeal with the division of liquor control had expired without an appeal being filed. He did say, however, that it is possible for a business to file a motion for a late appeal through the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, but he is unaware if it would be accepted.
As of Wednesday, Mullins said Los Tocallos does not have a state-issued liquor license and has yet to apply for one.
Miller, who Bowers said is listed as the owner of Los Tocallos, is scheduled to appear before Tiffin-Fostoria Judge Mark Repp for a pretrial on Aug. 5 with a jury trial set for 10 a.m. Aug. 14. Bowers had previously stated Miller did not know about the license violation.
A phone call placed to Los Tocallos Wednesday afternoon revealed the phone number to the establishment has been “temporarily disconnected.”

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