POLICE BEAT

MDI bar cited after police find stripper while responding to assault complaint

Posted March 16, 2012, at 3:39 p.m.
Last modified March 16, 2012, at 6:09 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A local bar owner is facing multiple alcohol violations after police investigated an assault complaint at his business and found out a stripper was performing there, according to police.

Police Chief Nathan Young said Friday that local ordinances prohibit striptease entertainment in Bar Harbor.

When police responded Sunday night to an assault complaint at the Fantail Pub on Pleasant Street, they found out a stripper was performing at the bar, which had covered its windows so the performance was not visible from outside. Young said the stripper had been hired to entertain at a birthday party being held at the bar.

The chief said he issued three violations on Thursday to Douglas Smith, 56, owner of the pub. The violations were issued because Smith did not have approval on his liquor license to allow dancing at his business, because nudity is not allowed at local businesses and because he did not have a separate special amusement license for live entertainment at his business.

“He was operating beyond the scope of his [liquor] license,” Young said Friday.

The chief said he wrote out the citations after consulting with state liquor enforcement officials. He said, for the meantime, Smith is allowed to continue selling alcohol and to engage in other legal, licensed activities at the pub.

Young said police believe a stripper has been hired to perform at the bar on at least one other occasion.

The striptease act was discovered by police after Megan Tibbetts, 25, of Bar Harbor called local police around 11 p.m. Sunday to report she had been assaulted by a bartender at the pub. Upon investigation, police determined that staff at the bar had stopped serving Tibbetts and removed her from the property because they believed she was overly intoxicated.

When responding officers appeared to be supporting the pub staff in their decision to remove Tibbetts, Tibbetts apparently became upset, according to police. She subsequently was arrested on a charge of obstructing government administration, according to police reports.

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