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Elkader Bartender Charged with Threatening Youth in Alcohol Check

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ELKADER, Iowa - The manager of an Elkader tavern is charged with threatening and trying to hold captive a teenager working with sheriff's deputies on an alcohol compliance check.

Timothy Finley, 33, threatened the volunteer with a pipe and ordered her to go into the basement of Fennelly's Irish Pub after she tried to buy a six pack of beer Friday, according to Clayton County Chief Deputy Ryan Johnson.

Finley, who was tending bar, checked the youth's identification, then told her he suspected she was conducting an alcohol compliance "sting," Johnson said. He told the volunteer to go into the bar's basement "because he was going to cause her great physical harm."

When the youth, who wasn't identified, refused to go into the basement Finley tried to detain her, calling her names and threatening her several times, according to Johnson. The volunteer was eventually able to leave the bar and tell the deputy she'd been working with of Finley's threats.

Finley was arrested on suspicion of second-degree harassment, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. Harassment and false imprisonment are serious misdemeanors with a maximum sentence of one year, and kidnapping is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The state Alcoholic Beverages Division was also informed of the incident.

Finley has been released from the county jail.

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