More details on bachelorette party melee, arrests

3:17 PM, Apr 15, 2009   |    comments
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According to bar staff, a group of about 20 to 25 people from Wyoming arrived in Fort Collins on Friday evening and started bar-hopping around Old Town. They ultimately arrived at Washington's Sports Bar & Grill on LaPorte Avenue about 11 p.m., said Washington's owner Shane Belcher.

A little after midnight, one of the female partygoers got "a little bit out of control," Belcher said, and bar workers asked her to leave.

"There was some commotion, and one of the young ladies was a little bit out of the control and had a run-in with our staff," Belcher said. "When our staff was starting to escort her out, her party started getting fired up."

Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis said partiers were refusing to leave and began fighting with bar staff.

"The family members took exception and became involved in a pushing and punching altercation," Davis said.

Belcher said police officers were already in the two-story bar when the altercation broke out and called for backup as they began to try to break up the fight. Belcher said there were as many as eight officers inside the bar at one point.

Davis said James Barth, 30, of Cheyenne was swinging at bar bouncers, "striking them in the face and body with his fists."

Taken into custody were: Jill Most, 35, of Cheyenne; her fiance, Barth; his brother, John Barth, 40, of Torrington, Wyo.; and their father, James Barth Sr., 66, of Cheyenne.

All four spent at least one night in the Larimer County Detention Center and face charges ranging from assault to resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
Police reports recapping the entire incident are not yet complete.

Reached at his home on Tuesday, James Barth Sr. said he feels bar staff and police overreacted but declined to otherwise comment, citing the pending court cases against him and his family.

Washington's, at 132 LaPorte Ave., made statewide headlines earlier this year when a pair of Greeley-area men claimed they were barred from entering. Bar workers acknowledged they were banning residents from Greeley and Evans from 8 p.m. to close on Saturdays due to "gang problems."

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