UPDATE: U.S. Attorney’s Office Releases Statement On ‘Center Of Attention’

As we’re previously reported (see our coverage here), the recent joint task force anti-crime bust known as ‘Center of Attention’ that resulted in 53 arrests, along with the confiscation of 68 guns and large amounts of drugs, has become an ongoing issue for White Center.

On Monday (Oct. 31), Thomas Bates, Executive Assistant Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, released the following update via email:

Good morning. I wanted to pass along a few updates since our meeting last Monday.

On Friday afternoon, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, and Sue Rahr sent a letter to the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) objecting to the renewal of the liquor license at Papa’s Pub. The letter, which calls for the revocation of the liquor license, cites numerous incidents of dangerous and criminal activities in and around the establishment, including 43 calls for service to the King County Sherriff’s Office in the last five months and activities occurring within the bar that took place during the “Center of Attention” operation. There is an administrative process for renewals and revocations, so we will keep you informed as things develop.

Secondly, on a separate track, the WSLCB issued what is known as an Administrative Violation Notice (AVN) to Papa’s Pub for service of alcohol to a minor. This is the third AVN for service to a minor since April and could result in a 30 day suspension of the liquor license (regardless of what happens on the revocation track). Again, there is a process for this that is separate from the renewal/revocation process mentioned above. We will get you as much information as we can. This is the information I received from WSLCB:

The Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) on October 25 issued Papa’s Pub, located at 9635 16th S.W. in Seattle, an Administrative Violation Notice (AVN) for Violations Involving Minors (Sale or Service of Alcohol to a Minor / Minor Frequenting). The AVN comes with a 30-day liquor license suspension scheduled from 10 a.m. November 28, 2011 to 10 a.m. December 28, 2011.

The AVN was issued after the business sold alcohol to an investigative aide working with officers during a joint compliance check by the WSLCB and the King County Sheriff’s Office on September 30, 2011.

When a business receives a violation, it has 20 days to accept the recommended penalty, request settlement conference with the WSLCB, or request an administrative hearing before an administrative law judge.

Violations Involving Minors
Papa’s Pub’s also has two pending violations involving minors.

  • The business received an AVN for Sale or Service to a Minor on April 29, 2011. The business requested an administrative hearing. The case is pending.
  • The business received an AVN for Sale or Service to a Minor on July 15, 2011. The business requested an administrative hearing. The case is pending.

Recommended penalties for Violations Involving Minors in a two-year period (per WAC 314-29-020)

  • 1st violation: Five-day liquor license suspension or $500 fine
  • 2nd violation: Seven-day liquor license suspension
  • 3rd violation: 30-day liquor license suspension

Finally, just to follow up on a couple items from Monday’s meeting:

Per the request of educators who were at Monday’s meeting, we provided a list of the defendants to the schools and other programs working with White Center students to make sure they are aware of any affected families.

Have a safe Halloween and fun at the Trick or Treat Festival tonight (starting at 5:00 p.m.).

And, please remember – as has been said many times and can’t be said enough – if you see crime, report it.

Thomas Bates

Discussions about this case will continue at this Thursday night’s meeting of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, with Bates schedule to appear.

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