Liquor board investigates bar where missing ASU student went
TEMPE, Ariz. -- State officials are investigating a Tempe bar where a missing Arizona State University student was last seen.
The East Valley Tribune reported that the Arizona Department of Liquor Licensing and Control confirmed Monday that the agency is reviewing information from Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace over concerns of possible underage drinking.
ASU freshman Jack Culolias, 19, was last seen Nov. 30 after being kicked out of the Tempe bar during a fraternity party and was suspected of being drunk, police said.
Culolias used a fake ID to get into Cadillac Ranch to drink when about 200 other people were inside at the time, police said. He also had expressed concerns to his stepmother and twin brother about being scared about his initiation into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity going into pledge week, which also is known as "hell week," according to authorities.
Campus police said his friends saw him heading to a taxi cab, but he hasn't been seen since. His stepmother reported him missing the following Sunday.
It is not known whether Culolias was served alcohol at the bar. But Liquor Licensing and Control officials said investigators will review the credit card purchases made at the bar and compare them with the ages of the customers prior to considering whether any fines could be levied against the establishment.
The agency's announcement comes at the same time the city announced it is working with the university to crack down on fraternity-related incidents.
The SAE fraternity at ASU has been placed on probation twice since 2006, according to Sharon Keeler, a university spokeswoman.
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Dive and Rescue and canine teams also have conducted searches with underwater cameras and radar equipment in the Salt River north of Tempe Marketplace looking for Culolias, but those searches have been inconclusive.
If violations are found at Cadillac Ranch, the case will be forwarded to the Compliance Unit and the agency's compliance officer will meet with the licensee and clearly review the violations to prevent a reoccurrence.
A manager at Cadillac Ranch who answered a phone call told a reporter Monday, "Everything we said, we've said to Tempe police."