Rep. Jackson is cleared of wrong-doing in ABC probe

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

State Representative Phil Jackson has been cleared of any wrong-doing in connection with a report filed by an Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Enforcement agent who claimed Jackson had violated state liquor licensing laws at his business, Iron Horse Stables, located west of Berryville.

The alleged violations included: sub-leasing part of permitted area without approval; and making false statements to law enforcement.

Last week, the ABC issued a report stating that there was insufficient evidence to show Jackson misused his state-issued liquor permit and the agency wouldn't pursue the investigation.

"I'm glad to have it behind me," said Jackson, a third-term Republican in the state House of Representatives. "I've got a lot of work to do. We've been working on taxes and contracts and I'm glad to get back to work."

According to a report filed with the ABC, the alleged violations were reported in early July after a health department inspector conducted a routine food inspection at the Silver Spoke Grill Restaurant, which is part of Iron Horse Stables.

The report said the inspector was told by the restaurant manager that Jim's Backdoor Saloon, also part of Iron Horse Stables, was leased and a separate facility, and ABC Enforcement received a request from ABC Administration to investigate the potential violation.

Jackson claimed from the beginning that the allegations were untrue. "I felt confident all along," he said. "I told them, if we needed to make changes, we would. But, they're happy with the way things are. And, I'm glad it's over."

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