UPDATED from print edition
Rich Muller, Herald Staff Writer
A 16-year-old girl who admitted to police she drank alcohol in The Garage Bar at the Fast Lane bowling alley in Barberton Feb. 23 has resulted in the manager and a bartender being charged as well as the girl.
The 16-year-old told police she was never asked for an ID. Someone in the bar called police because they thought the girl was too young to be drinking.
According to police and court records, Todd Cleavenger, 41, of Akron, was charged with knowingly allowing an underage person to consume an intoxicating liquor in his establishment. A pre-trial appearance is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, in Barberton Municipal Court.
Lisa Charnuk, 34, of Rittman, was cited for knowingly selling beer or intoxicating liquor to a minor. Her case is set for arraignment for Wednesday, March 15.
“I never personally served her any alcohol,” Cleavenger told the Herald about the girl. “I don’t know why I’m even being charged.”
Cleavenger said he understands the girl has a fake ID acknowledged she did not have it with her Feb. 23.
“It will all come out when we go to court,” he stated. “I know I’m innocent.”