Geneva club investigated following after-hours incident
A Geneva nightclub could face trouble again over whether it let people -- including some with Hollywood connections -- drink inside after closing last weekend.
An EvenFlow club co-owner Thursday denied the club was involved in or responsible for an incident in which several people, including a "General Hospital" TV show actress, were charged Sunday with public intoxication outside its doors.
"They were outside. No one was being served," Michael Knuth said, adding he was tending bar that night, and stopped serving alcohol 15 minutes before closing.
Several of the accused were in the area to attend a charity fundraiser hosted by television personality Jenny McCarthy at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles. The attendees included Kelly M. Monaco of "General Hospital" and Heath J. Freeman, an actor who has been on the television shows "Bones" and "Raising the Bar."
Geneva police charged six people with public intoxication at 5:45 a.m. Sunday at 302 W. State St.
Given $50 tickets were: Alexis A. Gault, 32, of the 400 block of S. Third Street, Geneva; Monaco, 37, of the 18300 block of Deer Run Road in Pocono Pines, Penn.; Sergey A. Onik, 25, of the 1100 block of North Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood, Calif.; Michael L. Isaacson, 25, of the 500 block of Kingston Drive, Geneva; Joanne C. McCarthy, 38, of the 4400 block of Stern Avenue in Sherman Oaks, Calif.; and Freeman, of the 4200 block of Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles. Freeman's birth date was not listed. Joanne is Jenny McCarthy's sister, a former college and professional basketball player who now works as a makeup artist, including working on the performers at the charity event.
Monaco won the first season of the "Dancing With The Stars" TV show.
Onik is a professional dancer who has appeared on "Dancing With The Stars." He posted a picture of himself and another person during the incident on his Twitter page, with a caption "What you going to do when they come for you," a reference to the "Cops" television show theme song.
Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, the city's liquor commissioner, said he is awaiting a "complete report" from the police chief, and that the investigation into whether EvenFlow did anything wrong is ongoing. Police declined to release any more details about the incident.
Knuth said the people were allowed to stay in the building "for safety purposes," something he said the club allows for other patrons.
"We never want anybody to get hurt," he said, saying Third and State streets is a busy intersection. The people were waiting for cabs, he said.
Geneva law requires establishments that serve liquor to close at 2 a.m. No one except employees are supposed to be in the establishment after that, Burns said.
In December, EvenFlow was fined $1,000 and had its license suspended for one day because the club's other owner was found to be drinking in the club at 4 a.m.
In June, the club was accused of selling alcohol to a minor. It was fined $1,500 and served a one-day suspension.
"This has nothing to do with EvenFlow," Knuth said. " ... We have nothing but respect for the city of Geneva."