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UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (Feb. 15):

Formal misdemeanor charges of underage sale of alcohol were filed in Dayton Municipal Court this week against 11 University of Dayton students from the undercover stings held Feb. 2-3 on Brown Street.
An additional seven University of Dayton students were also charged this week with the same misdemeanors, but for instances on South Main, Brown and Lowes streets in January and February. 

UPDATE @ 6:31 p.m. (Feb. 3):All 23 arrested individuals are students at UD and any students in violation of Ohio laws are subject to university disciplinary action, university officials confirmed. 

“The University of Dayton assisted the Ohio Division of Liquor Control's enforcement action near campus Feb. 2-3. The University welcomes any effort to keep our students safe and hold them accountable for their actions,” the university said in a statement. 

UD will continue to education all students on, “safe community living including legal, safe and responsible drinking,” according to university officials.

UPDATE @ 6: 05 p.m. (Feb. 3):Ohio Investigative Unit agents frequently visit bars and restaurants near college campuses to look for underage drinking, said Adam Johnson, agent-in-charge of the OIU Cincinnati District. 

On Thursday, agents targeted the two Brown Street businesses near the University of Dayton because of previous complaints of underage individuals using fake IDs, he said. 

Twenty-three arrests were made.

"Last night was a bit more than what we normally get," Johnson said Friday.

Neither Romer’s Bar or El Rancho Grande was cited for serving alcohol to those underage, Johnson said. The agents were focused on checking identification of those drinking and did not observe sales made by bartenders.

Romer's owner, Greg Romer, said his staff was aware the agents would be coming in and he's been working with the OIU to train staff to better spot fake IDs. His employees check IDs at the door and again at the bar, he said.

"With it being UD, there are tons of kids from out of state," Romer said, making it difficult for bartenders to detect if a driver's license is not real. They are planning to begin use of ID scanners in addition to training for staff.

The bar just opened under new ownership in January and is planning to hoping to open its kitchen this week, Romer said. 

A manager at El Rancho Grande declined comment on the arrests. 

Johnson said that restaurant's liquor license has been cited for serving underage individuals within the last year, but numbers on previous arrests at Brown Street businesses were not immediately available.


Ohio Investigative Unit agents arrested 23 people at two Brown Street businesses near the University of Dayton campus as part of an investigation into underage alcohol consumption.

According to the OIU, in a statement released Friday afternoon, agents arrested seven people at Romer's Bar, 1511 Brown St., and 16 people at El Rancho Grande, 1200 Brown St. 

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The majority of the people arrested will be charged with underage possession of beer and/or intoxicating liquor, according to the OIU. 

One suspect will be charged additionally with falsification and another will be charged with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct by persistence. 

Agents went to the establishments after the agency received several complaints about underage drinking. 

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Agents also recovered nine fake driver's licenses. 

One of the 23 people take to the Montgomery County Jail. The remaining were released at the scenes without further incident. 

The charges will be presented to the Dayton City Prosecutor's Office for further criminal consideration, according to the OIU.

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