Monday, October 14, 2013
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A search warrant executed at 1316 E. Residence Ave. resulted in an illegal liquor house bust on Saturday evening. Three people were arrested in connection to the alleged operation. (Albany Police Department)
ALBANY — A alleged liquor house operation at a home on East Residence Avenue was busted over the weekend, resulting in a total of three arrests, officials with the Albany Police Department say.
A search warrant was executed at 1316 E. Residence Ave. by the APD Uniform Bureau with the assistance of the APD Gang Unit and state probation officers around 11 p.m. Saturday, officials said. When officers entered the home, they found numerous items that indicated that alcohol was being sold out of the house, said Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman with the APD.
The items were collected, transported to the APD Law Enforcement Center, photographed and then destroyed by officers on the scene, Banks said.
Two arrests were made immediately — Matthew Baker, the home owner, and Barbara Greer. Each was charged with operating a disorderly household. A third person, Sherby Johnson, was arrested and charged with obstruction of an officer, Banks said.
Banks explained to media representatives that it was illegal to sell the alcohol out of the house because the liquor was being sold without a permit.
The search warrants were secured in response to a number of complaints from residents in the area that the APD had received regarding the house. Police have also been called to the area for a several assaults and robberies, Banks said.