Niles bar did not have liquor license on night of fatal shooting

NILES — The operator of the Hideaway Bar & Grill, 5840 Youngstown Warren Road, did not have valid D-5 and D-6 liquor licenses when Britney Mazanec was shot to death while leaving it on Feb. 24.

Michael R. Watson, 40, 3406 Orchard Court, Warren, who is leasing the building and its liquor license from the permit holder, was charged with not having a proper liquor permit for each time the city police department responded to a call at the location, according to a Niles police report.

Police Chief Jay Holland noted in a report that the D-5 and D-6 liquor licenses for the bar had not been renewed since Oct. 1, 2018.

“Officer testimony and body camera footage will demonstrate that Mr. Watson had care, custody and control of the bar’s operation on Nov. 18, 2018, Dec. 27, 2018 and Feb. 24, 2019,” Holland wrote.

Watson was served a summons to appear in Niles Municipal Court, and he is scheduled to be arraigned March 21, court records show.

Ryan Daniels Sr. was arrested on a charge of reckless homicide in the shooting death of Mazanec. The case against Daniels, 28, 325 Bonnie Brae Ave. SE., Warren, has been sent to the Trumbull County grand jury for consideration, according to court documents. He remains at the Trumbull County Jail on a $1 million bond.

He is accused of shooting Mazanec, 33, of Niles, at 2:15 a.m. Feb. 24 outside the Hideaway Lounge. Mazanec was shot in the right side and the bullet entered her chest, according to a Trumbull County Coroner’s report.

A third-degree felony charge for reckless homicide carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to the Ohio Revised Code.