October 1, 2014

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Liquor control raids Brass Pole

Rona Proudfoot

The Chronicle-Telegram

CARLISLE TWP. — The Brass Pole was cited for public indecency and narcotics violations after state liquor control officers responded to the club Thursday night.

Greg Croft, agent-in-charge with the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Investigative Unit, said that he could only release limited information because criminal cases are still pending.

Officers responded after 10 p.m. to the “gentleman’s club” at 639 Oberlin-Elyria Road.

Croft couldn’t say what the narcotics violations involved were and said the public indecency citations could mean a variety of things.

“You can’t expose any type of genitalia, have contact with any of the patrons, perform any type of sexual act, including masturbation or touching yourself,” he said, adding that the infraction was “likely nudity or a sex act.”

Besides the business being cited, individuals were detained, he said, but no one was taken to jail.

As for the Brass Pole, Croft said it’s free to operate.

“What will happen is the Liquor Control Commission will then issue a decision of whether they’re suspended, fined or their permit is revoked,” he said. “The first time is generally a fine and a suspension.

“This is the first time we’ve cited them recently. I don’t know if they’re a first-time offender.”

Croft said that if his agency gets any further complaints, it will do another investigation.

Lorain County sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski said deputies and a department drug dog responded to the Brass Pole about 10:25 p.m. to back up the liquor control officers’ efforts. He had no further information.

According to an Elyria police report, Cortny Arizmendi, 19, was arrested at the Brass Pole for two bench warrants at 11:25 p.m. Croft said her arrest was unrelated to the bust.

Croft said he expects to have more information Monday. No one answered the phone at the Brass Pole on Friday afternoon.

Contact Rona Proudfoot at 329-7124 or rproudfoot@chroniclet.com.