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CRIME Club boss draws fine, probation



Published: Wed, January 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Alcohol and some cash seized by police were forfeited.

YOUNGSTOWN -- Jairus Ford, who operated a private club on the North Side without a liquor permit, was placed on probation for the crime.

Ford, 25, of Greely Lane, appeared Tuesday in municipal court and pleaded no contest to an amended charge of disorderly conduct. Judge Robert P. Milich placed Ford on six months' probation and fined him $50.

Ford had faced up to 90 days in jail and $750 fine.

Ford will get back $600 he had in his pants pockets when police raided the club two months ago and seized the money. He forfeits other cash and liquor seized from the operation of the club.

Catching attention

In November 2004, fliers advertising The Aristocrat, a private club on Francisca Avenue, caught the attention of police, who raided the jam-packed bar, seized the liquor and cited Ford, the operator.

Police had received complaints of large drunken crowds at The Aristocrat.

Patrolman Ronald Jankowski came across a flier for the bar at Subway on Midlothian Boulevard that advertised a "jump-off" party to be held from 11 p.m. Thanksgiving until 4 a.m. the next day. The flier said the cover charge was $5 and you had to be 18 to party and 21 to drink.

So, around 11:45 p.m. Nov. 25, police descended upon the nightspot. They saw roughly 200 cars in the parking lot and a line of people at the door waiting to get in the building.

Officers said they saw about 300 people inside the private club and alcoholic beverages being consumed.

Ford approached police and asked if there were a problem. Jankowski asked Ford if he was in charge and Ford responded, "Kind of, I guess." Ford's first name and cell phone number were on the flier as a contact person.

The rental hall on Francisca, site of The Aristocrat, does have a dance license that expires in December.




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