Sep 23, 2013 4:30 PM
A Chico bar and cafe is temporarily not allowed to serve alcohol to patrons and faces a two-year probation with Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) after the owner agreed to its penalties.
Panama Bar and Café stopped serving alcohol Thursday, Sept. 19 after owner Robert Stephen Mowry signed a stipulation waiver accepting the penalties for a disorderly conduct charge in 2011, ABC Public Information Officer John Carr said.
In 2011, Mowry entered a no contest plea to disorderly conduct for placing hidden cameras in one of the establishment's bathrooms. Mowry told Action News Now he had placed a hidden camera near one uni-sex bathrooms inside Panama's to catch vandals destroying property. Mowry also stated he attempted to strategically position the camera so it wouldn't capture anyone in the stalls. Police found the camera inside a fake smoke detector and state the footage showed several customers had unknowingly exposed their bodies.
A Butte County judge ordered Mowry to serve one day in the county jail in addition to three years' probation and 200 hours of community service.
The Chico Police Department forwarded the case to ABC, said Chico Police Sgt. George Laver. The agency did their own investigation with this case and the temporary suspension was the result of their investigation.
The bar is not allowed to serve alcohol for 15 days until the suspension is lifted on October 4, Laver said. The restaurant can still operate and sell food.
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