Monday, May 7, 2007

China Blue Owner Facing Jail

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2007 at 4:00 AM

A downtown Boise bar owner is facing jail time after a Sunday arrest on charges of altering a surveillance video to hide evidence of serving alcohol to a minor.

Thomas “Ted” Challenger, 38, who owns the Main Street Bistro, China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy’s, was arrested by Boise Police and booked into jail in the early morning hours of Sunday after a warrant was filed.

Charges leading to the arrest were first filed by the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office on March 9, although exact details of what led to the charges have yet to be released.

Greg Bower, Ada County prosecuting attorney, said Challenger faces three charges, including preparing a fraudulent document, a felony, and two counts of serving liquor to a minor, both misdemeanors.

Bowers said the felony carries a five-year sentence, while both misdemeanors bring less than six months in jail.

Challenger bonded out of jail soon after the arrest, but is due in court for his initial arraignment on July 19.

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