MICHIGAN CITY — The director of Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City has been disciplined for allegedly having a party at the zoo after it was closed.
Among the violations cited against Johnny Martinez were concessions like ice cream and slushies being eaten without being paid for and not picking up the litter.
Originally, Martinez was suspended for five days but that was increased to 20 days Wednesday by the Michigan City Park Board.
The decision came at the recommendation of parks superintendent Jan Orlich, who submitted a written statement to the board.
In her statement, Orlich said ''quite a bit'' of concessions were consumed and not paid for'' during the September party.
She also said the grounds were littered with empty slushee cups, ice cream wrappers and empty Gatorade and water bottles.
The doors on the primate house also were left open during the night, allowing the temperature in the building equipped with a furnace to fall into the lower 60's.