Date: June 25, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Sterling Ivey, (863) 534-6377 or 819-0221, pager

Over 65 Arrested During Investigation at Latino Night Club

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Bureau of Special Investigations in a joint effort with the Department of Alcohol, Beverage and Tobacco, State Fire Marshall's Office, Border Patrol, the Multi Agency Gang Task Force, and the Polk County Health Department, arrested and charged over 65 people Saturday, June 23, 2001 with various alcohol and County Ordinance violations at the Latino Night Club located at 1325 N. Combee Road in Lakeland.   

During the investigation, 3 bartenders were arrested and charged with:

*  Robin Schmur, DOB 5/5/61, of 6619 Winding Oak Dr. in Tampa, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (2 counts).

*  Erick Gonzilez, DOB 7/29/80, of 3409 W. Osborn Ave. in Tampa, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (2 counts).

*  Rance Richardson, DOB 2/11/62, of 2409 W. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (1 count).

Also arrested during the investigation were:

*  Marie Dugarte, the club owner, DOB 04/20/64, of 5001 S. Elberon St. in Tampa, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (5 counts), Minors patronizing/loitering a dance hall (50 counts), and Violation of Youth Protection County Ordinance (50 counts).

*  Eugene Osteen, the club manager, DOB 11/28/39, of 5001 S. Elberon St. in Tampa, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (5 counts), Minors patronizing/loitering a dance hall (50 counts), and Violation of Youth Protection County Ordinance (50 counts).

Approximately 60 other individuals were arrested for various charges including:  Possession of Alcohol by a person under 21, Violation of Curfew, Open Container in Public, Patronizing or Loitering a Dance Hall, and Resisting Arrest without Violence.  Twelve individuals have INS holds from the Border Patrol, the Health Department shut down a taco stand operating in the parking lot due to health violations, and the State Fire Marshall's Office discovered several fire violations inside the club which will require immediate action.

The investigation is continuing.       

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