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Published January 28, 2009 at 6:15 a.m.

The cops want bar owners to be diligent about checking IDs at the door — unless, that is, the patron in question is an undercover officer.

In June 2006, Wayne Ryan of Nick’s Food & Spirits in Bellows Falls denied entry to State Trooper Eric Vitali, who was operating undercover and did not show the owner his ID. Ryan, who walks with a cane, put his hands on Vitali’s shoulders and moved him bodily toward the exit.

A few days later, he was arrested and charged with impeding an officer, but the charges were quickly dropped.

Ryan sued, and this week he won a written apology from the village and a $22,500 settlement from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He still has a suit pending against Vitali and the state police.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

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Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.


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