LINCOLN — The owners of the bar where two minors allegedly drank this month before a fatal crash pleaded guilty Tuesday to a different violation at another location.
The Fire Barn Bar and Grill had its liquor license suspended for 10 days for serving alcohol to a minor at the bar's Papillion location near Nebraska 370 and South 96th Street. The owners may avoid the suspension by paying a $500 fine instead, said Hobert Rupe, director of the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission.
The State Patrol accused bar employees of serving a minor during an undercover compliance check in September. It was the first violation at the bar's Papillion location.
The bar's Waterloo location became the focus of a criminal investigation Dec. 3 after Jacob Dickmeyer, 18, and Colby Burke, 19, both of Valley, were involved in a crash after allegedly drinking there.
Dickmeyer died at the scene while Burke suffered a broken pelvis and head injuries in the crash on West Dodge Road.
In the Waterloo case, waitress Amanda Heiman of Fremont, Neb., is charged with one felony count of procuring alcohol for a minor for allegedly serving the men. She has pleaded not guilty.
Dickmeyer's blood-alcohol content was .24 percent, which is three times the legal limit of .08 percent.
A message left Tuesday for Fire Barn co-owner Travis Harlow was not immediately returned.
The business owners pleaded guilty to the Papillion violation on Tuesday, a day before they were scheduled to appear at a formal hearing in Lincoln.
“We accepted the guilty plea based on the evidence,” said commission member Bob Batt of Omaha.
Under the commission's regulations, first violations carry a suspension of 10 to 20 days. The liquor license holder may choose to pay a fine of $50 per day in lieu of the suspension, Rupe said, adding that the fine increases on subsequent offenses.
A formal hearing to deal with the Waterloo incident has not yet been scheduled. Batt declined to comment on the Waterloo case.
The same owners run a third location in Omaha.
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Correction: This story originally reported an incorrect fine amount the Fire Barn will have to pay to avoid a suspension. It also incorrectly stated the per-day fine liquor license holders may pay on a first offense of serving a minor.