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Bar owner faces deadline for nudity fine

June 24, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- The owner of a Washington County bar and grill has until July 3 to pay a $2,500 fine for an alleged violation of nudity and sexual display laws.

Two women are alleged to have exposed their breasts in February at the Log Cabin Inn at 7536 Millstone Road near Hancock, a state liquor agent said.

Jimmy Joy, owner of the Log Cabin Inn, received a letter earlier this month from Washington County liquor officials informing him he had to pay or appeal a $2,500 fine within 30 days of the order, which was issued June 3.

Liquor officials said Joy had not paid the fine as of Wednesday.

Joy was to appear Wednesday before the liquor board for a hearing, but asked and was given permission to cancel the session when he discovered it was open to the public.

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Joy did not return a telephone call on Wednesday seeking comment.

During a hearing May 20, a state liquor agent told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, he witnessed the women exposing their breasts to male customers on Feb. 28.

The agent also said a man, whom Joy said was not an employee of the business, was serving customers alcohol and taking money from them. The same man was observed urinating in the parking lot, the agent alleged.

Joy said at the time he didn't condone nudity at the business and didn't see the women exposing their breasts because he was on stage playing in a band.

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