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Cypress Bartender Faces Criminal Charges After Allegedly Overserving Patron

Also: an Italian food festival postpones its Houston event amid a novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy

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World of Beer bartender facing charges of over-serving patron

A Cypress bartender has been arrested on charges of over-serving a patron who went on to cause a deadly car accident. According to ABC 13’s Miya Shay, bartender Miguel Rizo faces charges of over-serving alcohol to Zachary Castro, a Harris County man who was involved in a car accident that killed Mayra Ospina, a woman who was helping a separate “disabled vehicle in a ditch” at the time of the accident.

In a statement to ABC13, Rizo’s employer World of Beer said that Rizo is no longer employed at the bar and that it is “cooperating with authorities and providing all requested information.”

Taste of Italy postpones event because of novel coronavirus concerns

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce South Central has postponed its annual Taste of Italy food festival amid concerns of novel coronavirus. Originally set for March 30, CultureMap reports that the organization has rescheduled all of its events, including festivals in New Orleans and Los Angeles, amid the “evolving situation.” Italy is currently experiencing a major outbreak of novel coronavirus, with more than 1,800 confirmed cases of the virus.