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    City Council to vote on bar permits
By Sarah Fox
Staffwriter
Lincoln residents may be able to
appreciate the year 2000 - but not only
because it’s a new century.
They may be able to dance at bars
and dance chibs for two extra hours into
Jan. 1,2000.
The City Council held a public
hearing Monday about giving dance
permits that would last until 3 a.m. on
Jan.l. The council will vote next
Monday on the ordinance.
Demetrios and Kimbe Meares,
owners ofYiayia’s Pizza Beer & Wine,
1423 O St., said they were planning a
party with $80 tickets on New Year’s
Eve.
They said the extended dance per
mit would let their customers eat a spe
cial meal before they left Yiayia’s.
“That will give our customers two
hours to relax and dance before they go
out on the streets,” the Meareses said.
“We’re not going to let anyone in after 1
a.m.”
Richard Hoppe, a friend of the
Meareses, told die council thatYiayia’s
was a responsible restaurant. For exam
ple, he said he and his wife had come to
eat pizza at Yiayia’s, but his wife had
forgotten her ID. They wouldn’t serve
her alcohol, he said.
Hoppe also said the permits could
only be given to applicants who already
had regular dance permits, and the
applicants could not have any liquor
violations during 1998 and 1999.
Applicants would also have to pay
$100 for die permit
Council chairwoman Coleen Seng
asked John Becket, assistant chief of
police for the Lincoln Police
Department, how extended dance per
mits would affect die number of police
officers on duty on New Year’s Eve.
Becket said he didn’t think the
extended dance hours would affect the
police much; the police department had
been planning to triple the officers on
duty compared to last year’s New Year’s
Eve.
“We’re preparing for just about any
thing,” Becket said. “The last New
Year’s Eve, we were still taking wild
party calls at 6 ajn.”
Becket said about 100 police offi
cers will be working on NewYear’s Eve.
The police department plans to
hold its second shift later, bring in its
third shift early and keep its first shift
on standby.
In other business, the council also
voted 7-0 to approve a conservation
area near S.W. 40th and West Van Dorn
streets.
Die 82.5-acre conservation area
would be near a 50-home site built by
Long View Estates Inc.
Lynn Darling said the area would
preserve farmland and that building
conservation areas near homes is
becoming more common.
Darling is the president of the
Audobon Society in southeast
Nebraska.
“It’s easier to do business as usual -
level (the land) and put up Lego hous
es,” she said. “I strongly advise you to
take this as the venture that is being
done all over the country. We’re just a
little slow.”
Darling said many developers plant
a few trees to replace the land they’ve
used for houses.
“A tree - a bird doesn’t say, ‘Oh,
wow, guys, there’s a tree. Let’s go build
a nest.’ Birds need dead trees, high
trees, low trees,” she said.
The conservation area would
include space for woodlands, prairie,
open space and wetlands, said Nicole'*
Fleck-Tooze, a Lincoln-Lancaster
County planner.
However, other neighbors were
worried about sewage drainage from
the wetland.
Irma Sarata lives north of the pro
posed development. She said she
thought the wetland would drain onto
her property because she already
receives a 3- to 4-inch runoff during
heavy rains.
Sarata was also worried that the
new houses’ wells would strain the
area’s aquifer.
System to inform
victims of releases
VINE from page 1
track an inmate’s whereabouts with
out VINE. For example, state
employees contact victims when cer
tain inmates are released.
But others, like police officers,
judges, neighbors and the media,
find it difficult to obtain information
about prisoners. — _ — .... .
The VINE system will ensure
any person can have accurate infor
mation about the location of state
prisoners.
“This is an improvement over the
current situation, even for victims we
would normally notify,” Clarke said.
“Using VINE, victims are notified
when an inmate is moved within the
prison system. Otherwise, they
would not be notified until an
inmate’s release.”
Clarke said people using the sys
tem could remain anonymous.
Victims do not even need to provide
their names, only a phone number
where they can be reached.
The VINE call center will call
victims every time an inmate is
moved. Staff at the call center, in
Louisville, Ky., will call every half
hour until the victim answers and
provides an identification number.
The system cost $500,000 to
implement, Clarke said. Money to
maintain the service will come from
state funds. ’
But, Clarke said, the system will
free state corrections officers from
the time-consuming task of record
ing who to notify when an inmate is
released.
Allen Curtis, director of the
Nebraska Crime Commission, said
VINE was an essential tool in pro
tecting victims.
“Having this type of information
readily available and accessible, day
or night, is critical not only for the
victim’s peace of mind, but also per
sonal safety,” he said. “(VINE)
allows for necessary precautions to
be taken by law enforcement and the
victim.”
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Not all bar owners sure
about year-end permits
BARS from page 1
pop and water from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.
“The older people will be tired by
1, and if they can’t consume alcohol,
they’ll leave,” she said. “Young people
will continue to party until 3, (but) I’ll
lose a big part of my crowd.” »
Vanek also said people might leave
the downtown bars when they stop
serving alcohol at 1 a.m. She said they
Could come to her sports bar if it were
still open until 3 a.m. Then she would
have intoxicated people in her bar.
Lincoln Police Chief Tom Casady
said he didn’t think many dance clubs
and bars would apply for the special
permits because not many would want
to pay $ 100. And most have had at least
one liquor violation in the past two
years.
“If it passes the way it’s written, it
will have little or no impact on us,”
Casady said.
Casady said the police department
would be affected if the council ever
allowed a dance club that served alco
hol to be open after the bars closed. He
said these clubs would be used by peo
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Young people will
continue to party until
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Sherry Vanek
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pie who were irresponsible.
“When you get that kind of group
together, it’s going to have a higher per
centage of people who are ill-behaved,
with too much alcohol, too much
testosterone and too much bad judg
ment,” Casady said.
Shaun Williams, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln sophomore finance
major, said he thought the special
dance permits could decrease drunken
driving. Williams is the vice president
of Party Smart
“It you stop drinking at 1 and stay
up until 3, it gives you a little more time
to sober up,” Williams said.
Joyce Durand, owner of The
Sidetrack, 935 O St., said she wasn’t
sure if she’d apply for the permit if she
couldn’t serve alcohol during that extra
time.
But she might use the extra time for
her employees, Durand said.
She said some of her employees
were grumbling because they didn’t
want to spend New Year’s Eve working.
“Maybe I should keep it open so
they can dance afterwards,” she said
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The real thing.
police they were robbed at 5631 S.
48th St. at about 7:30 p.m. by two
white men wearing black clothing and -
bandannas over their faces, Ofc.
Katherine Finnell said.
The boys said the men showed
them a knife, then took die drugs and
a jack-knife. Losses totaled $25.
Finnell said police are looking for
the man who sold the boys die LSD.
Man arrested for trying
to shoplift steaks
Lincoln police arrested a
shoplifter Saturday evening, charging
him with felony shoplifting after he
tried to steal five packaged steaks,
Finnell said.
Police arrested Stanley Smith, 50,
in the Albertson’s Supermarket, 4615
Vine St, after he was seen stuffing the
steaks in his pants, Finnell said.
Finnell said police arrested Smith
for the felony charge because he had
been convicted of similar crimes in
the past and had recently finished a
term in prison for shoplifting.
Man arrested for burglary
Lincoln police arrested a burglar
early Monday morning after finding
him inside Priscilla’s, an adult novelty
store at 2029 O St., with a bag of
pornography and sexual toys.
Police arrested Mark E. Neal, 30,
2903 Randolph St., for burglary at
1:13 a.m., Finnell said.
Finnell said Neal was found with a
bag containing 12 magazines, 18 mis
cellaneous pornographic videotapes,
two inflatable sex dolls and a plastic
vibrating vagina, all apparently stolen
from inside the store.
The goods were worth $748.80.
Break-in damages were $ 150.
Clerk arrested for theft,
four patrons cited for theft
A checker at Russ’s IGA, 66th and
O streets, was arrested for theft early
Monday morning after her roommate
and three men tried to walk out of die
supermarket with $937.40 in food
they did not pay for.
Finnell said Melissa Ohlman, 21,
told her roommate, Ashley
Hammond, 22, she could bring food
items through her check-out line and
not have to pay for them.
Hammond and three men, Jerry
Norris, 28, Jonathan Slaga, 22, and
Joshua Swan, 21, brought four shop
ping carts of food and other items
through Ohlman’s check-out line at
2:29 a.m., Finnell said. Ohlman pre
tended to scan the items, Finnell said.
Hammond and the men were
stopped and could not show store
employees a receipt for the food. All
four were cited for theft by deception.
Compiled by senior staff writer
Jake Bleed
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