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Bar owner charged with lying to police over Bret Michaels concert flap

Bret Michaels performs live at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau. Presented by Rock 94.7
Bret Michaels performs live at the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau. Presented by Rock 94.7

RHINELANDER, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The owner of a bar-and-music hall in Rhinelander is charged with obstructing police, in a dispute stemming from a Bret Michaels concert last month.

55-year-old John Mason, who owns the Elbo Room, has pleaded innocent to an Oneida County misdemeanor. Prosecutors said he signed for a package delivered by Fed-Ex that was intended for the band's tour manager. Mason allegedly argued with the manager over back-stage passes, and a chance to meet Michaels. The bar owner told police he never received the package, and didn't know where it was. The manager was e-mailed a receipt with Mason's signature -- and the delivery driver described Mason as the one who signed for it. Mason claimed he found it later while cleaning the hall after Michaels' concert.

Mason is free on a signature bond. A pre-trial conference in his case is set for February 25th.

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