Excise police make multiple arrests across Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – Indiana State Excise Police made multiple arrests throughout the state over the weekend.

In Noblesville, officers arrested 25 people at the Klipsch Music Center during two Luke Bryan concerts. In total, 25 minors were arrested for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol.

Among those arrested was Cody Sondgerath, 20, of West Lafayette on a preliminary charge of illegal possession of alcohol. He was issued a summons for illegal possession of alcohol in a parking lot. Two hours later, was arrested after an officer saw him drinking a beer at the concert. He was taken to the Hamilton County Jail.

In Terre Haute, 22 people were arrested, including 11 minors for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. Four adults were arrested for furnishing alcohol to a minor. One juvenile was also ticketed for possession of tobacco.

The Dew Drop Inn was cited on preliminary charges of failing to maintain minimum food service and failing to maintain receipts on cigarette purchases. According to Indiana law, restaurants and taverns to have certain food available for purchase any time alcoholic beverages are sold. This is the sixth time since 2009 the venue has been cited for a variety of violations.

In South Bend, 17 people were tickets, including three minors for illegal possession, consumption or transportation of alcohol. Two adults were charged with furnishing alcohol to minors.

Gerardo Moctezuma-Juarez, 29, of South Bend, was jailed on a deportation warrant related to the use of fraudulent documentation. His warrant was discovered after being stopped by excise officers for running a red traffic light.

Belmont Beverage, a liquor store, was cited on two counts of allowing a minor to loiter after a man brought his 8 and 10 year old children into the store and was not told to leave.

In Evansville, 12 people were arrested including nine minors for illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. One minor was also arrested for false informing and another for possession of marijuana. Two adults were arrested for furnishing alcohol to minors.

A Hooters restaurant on Lincoln Avenue, was cited on a preliminary charge of sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor after officers found Steward Davis, 19, of Sturgis, Ky., in possession of alcohol inside the restaurant. Davis was jailed after being charged with illegal possession of alcohol and false informing. Hooters was cited Nov. 17, 2013, for having an unlicensed employee and on April 11, 2011, for sale of alcohol to a minor.

Guzzler’s, a convenience store, was cited on preliminary charges of tobacco enticements and failure to post two tobacco-related signs. Guzzler’s has no previous violations.

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