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Palatine Working on Deal Agreement with La Presa

The hearing on Friday afternoon was again continued as the village attorney negotiates with La Presa to concede to allegations, and work out an agreeable punishment.

It took less than 10 minutes for a hearing to be continued on Friday for a second time relating to allegations of drug sales and improperly certified employees who serve alcohol at La Presa Mexican Restaurant, 319 S. Rohlwing Road. 

Village Attorney Patrick Brankin made a request to Hearing Officer, and Village Manager Reid Ottesen, to "allow a continuance so that we can work out a stipulation as to the facts and penalities for the business."

Ottesen allowed the continuance and rescheduled the hearing for Wednesday, February 13.

Brankin said he will continue working with Paul Augustyn, attorney for La Presa, to come to an agreement regarding the facts in the case. 

La Presa is accused of violating Section 11 15 of the village code, Brankin said, and the penalties could range from complete revocation of the business license, to sanctions or other levels of punishment. 

Even though the two sides are attempting to work out an agreement, Ottesen could impose his own ruling, Brankin said. Ottesen could reject, accept or modify the ruling at his descretion. 

In a village hearing notice dated January 18, which was sent to La Presa, it states, there was the “sale of drugs on the premises, causing a nuisance or danger to public health, safety or welfare," and, "failure of liquor-serving employees to have property BASSET certification.”

The hearing is now set for Wednesday, February 13 at 2 p.m. in village council chambers, 200 E. Wood Street. 

Neal February 08, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Unfortunately just wasting more of the taxpayers dough and the courts valuable time by stretching this case out longer. If you knew you had court, why not get what you needed to get done before court? Isn't that the point of having a court date? Oh wait these lawyers get paid by the hour, what was I thinking..
steveB February 09, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Yep, waste of tax payer money. And what's up with the "agreeable punishment". Real nice!

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