Server Charged With Serving Alcohol To Minors

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

A bar in Waterloo may be in hot water after a deadly accident. One of the former employees of Fire Barn Bar and Grill faces felony charges for serving liquor to the teen that died in a crash.

Court papers describe what led up to the crash at 208th Street and West Dodge Road that killed 18-year old Jacob Dickmeyer and seriously injured his friend Colby Burke.

In an affidavit, both Dickmeyer and Burke were carded by 20-year-old Amanda Heiman, a server at the bar. The teens gave Heiman their actual Nebraska driver's license which showed they were younger then 21.

At least two other employees told Heiman not to serve Dickmeyer alcohol, but she told co-workers she didn't want to tell the teens no.

Investigators say when Jacob Dickmeyer left this bar and got behind the wheel of Heiman's car his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. The teens drank the equivalent of ten beers and eight shots of liquor.

County attorney Don Kliene says he hopes charging Heiman with a felony of providing alcohol to a minor it sends a strong message.

“These people shouldn't have even have had alcohol in the first place but it was provided to someone who should have known better. We have to quit allowing people to provide alcohol to minors.”

Channel Six reached out several times to the Fire Barn Bar and Grill for comment, but was told the owners were not available.

Heiman will turn herself in to the Douglas County jail Wednesday morning.

The Nebraska Liquor Commission says the bar could face a tavern violation. If charges do come commissioners could decide to suspend, cancel, or revoke the bar's liquor license.


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