Home Run agrees to suspend liquor sales until hearing
URBANA The owner of Home Run Food Mart has voluntarily agreed to suspend the store’s sale of alcohol pending the outcome of a city hearing on whether to revoke its liquor license.
Mayor pro tempore Charlie Smyth issued an emergency order suspending the store’s liquor license when, last week, Urbana police arrested its owner and an employee on warrants that had been issued earlier as a result of a three week long investigation.
Store owner Ramzi Alsaqri, 49; his brother, Jameel Alsaqri, 48; and employee Mohammed Mahmoud, 27, are accused of selling $5 “brown bags” containing a piece of glass tubing, copper mesh and a lighter items used to smoke crack cocaine from the store on May 10 and michael kors canada 11.
Ramzi Alsaqri and Mahmoud, both of Champaign, were arraigned on felony charges last week and are due back in court with an attorney Friday. He was gone last week when police served the search and arrest warrants. He is due back in court Aug. 7.
Meantime, the Alsaqris are due back in the Urbana City Council chambers on June 20 for the continuance of the liquor hearing. Their store at 1509 E. Washington St. could lose its license if Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Laurel Prussing michael kors canada finds cause to do so. The store is open for business but is just not allowed to sell liquor.
Smyth stood in for Prussing, who is out of town, at an initial hearing Tuesday.
Champaign attorney Ed Piraino appeared for the brothers and agreed to discontinue the sale of alcohol for the time being and said they would pay a fine to the city if they are found to be selling liquor. Smyth’s emergency order forcing them to do so expires on Wednesday.
Smyth said since Piraino was hired late Monday, it was appropriate to give him more time to rev michael kors canada ie michael kors canada w the evidence in the case.
Piraino said he also intends to represent all three in the criminal case. We welcome you to contribute your ideas, opinions and comments, but we ask that you avoid personal attacks, vulgarity and hate speech. We reserve the right to remove any comment at our discretion, and we will block repeat offenders’ accounts. To post comments, you must first be a registered user, and your username will appear with any comment you post. Happy posting.