Despite complaints of drunks harassing female students at a beauty college, state liquor officials say they've found no reason to change a nearby liquor store's operating hours.
Ken Wynn, state Alcoholic Beverage Control director, told liquor commissioners he met with Ogden authorities last week and that police knew of no reported problems between liquor store patrons and students at Stacey's Hands of Champions Beauty College.Both establishments are west of the Newgate Mall, about a block apart.
Wynn said police records indicated 13 calls were received in recent months from the area surrounding the liquor store regarding panhandling and public intoxication.
Authorities indicated 13 calls over six months "weren't worth talking about," Wynn said.
"Ogden City felt the store was in the right place and posed no problem whatsoever," he said.
State liquor commissioners last month discussed the possibility of reducing the store's operating hours after hearing an emotional plea from Stacey, who told stories of her students being approached by drunken men and of finding transients sleeping on the school's premises.
But, given the city's response, Wynn said the store will remain open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, Police Chief Mike Empey said he plans to have a representative meet with Stacey.