Gubernatorial Candidate’s Appearance Canceled After Liquor Raid
VIENNA, Ohio (AP) _ State Attorney General Anthony J. Celebrezze Jr. abruptly canceled an appearance at a picnic after learning it had been raided by state liquor agents.
Aides said the Democratic candidate for governor was stumping on Sunday toward a picnic at the Strossmayer Croation Center when he got word of a raid staged by Akron agents of the state Liquor Control Board.
Celebrezze spokeswoman Natalie Wymer said the candidate learned about the problem from his advance staff just before the time for his appearance.
″He obviously did not think it was appropriate for him to attend an event that hadn’t gotten a permit,″ Ms. Wymer said.
The agents went undercover into the center, where liquor was being sold without a license, and announced they were breaking up the party. About 50 people were there, said Liquor Control Board spokeswoman Patty Haskins.
Two people were charged and agents confiscated 50 cases of beer, 100 loose cans of beer and 10 bottles of liquor, Ms. Haskins said. She said the club had no license to sell alcohol, and the LCB had received tips that sales were taking place.
One of those charged, 72-year-old Joseph Tisler of Campbell, said he believed the raid came about because of Celebrezze’s visit. Tisler said the club has existed for 30 years.
Charged with Tisler, 72, of Campbell, was his daughter Ann L. Korhan, 33, of Austintown.
They are to be arraigned Sept. 27 in Girard Municipal Court.