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Man’s tragic death sparks changes

Sumitted PhotoThe October death of Adam McCloud led Stillwater officials to propose a new ordinance requiring bar and restaurant owners to exercise more control over patron behavior.

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The October death of Adam McCloud led Stillwater officials to propose a new ordinance requiring bar and restaurant owners to exercise more control over patron behavior.

The tragic death of Adam McCloud in early October was a catalyst for change.

McCloud died from injuries he suffered after he was allegedly assaulted by a 22-year-old Stillwater man, Eric Richard, at a local bar. McCloud’s death led to establishment of a charitable foundation by his family and a proposed city liquor ordinance that places more responsibility on bar and restaurant owners to control unruly customers.

The new liquor ordinance has created conversations between city and local bar and restaurant officials regarding control of patron behavior at Stillwater nightspots.

The new ordinance penalizes city liquor establishments that get 10 police citations for unruly customers in a calendar year. The proposal only applies to the inside of downtown bars and restaurants. Establishment owners would be notified of citations that occurred on their premises.

A Stillwater Police Department official would meet with an establishment’s owner after five citations to discuss the situation. Citations would not be retroactive.

City Attorney David Magnuson told the Gazette earlier this month that penalties for the ordinance remain to be determined and will likely be set at the council’s Jan. 8 meeting after more talks with the community.

In a letter to the Gazette, Larry Odebrecht, McCloud’s brother-in-law and the family spokesman, called the ordinance a common-sense tool that makes sure establishments with liquor licenses police their patrons and allows the SPD to ensure that this happens.

The McCloud family also strived to create something positive out of Adam McCloud’s death by setting up the Adam McCloud Foundation, which focuses on Toys for Tots since McCloud loved Christmas. The foundation has raised more than $10,000.

Odebrecht told the Gazette earlier this month that there has been an outpouring of support for the family and foundation. A recent fundraiser at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bayport raised more than $7,000 in toys, cash and gift cards and fulfilled about 30 percent of the Toys for Tots need in Washington County.

The family hopes to one day raise enough toys and money to fulfill all the need of Washington County in years to come.

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