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Bavarian Inn owner charged with battery

January 18, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The owner of the Bavarian Inn and Lodge was charged with battery Tuesday after an employee alleged he bruised her arm in anger over a table being improperly cleared, according to Jefferson County Magistrate Court records.

Samara Lynn Watt said she was working at the Bavarian Inn on Dec. 9 when she was told to clear plates from a table where customers were sitting.

Bavarian Inn owner Erwin Asam then told Watt she did not perform the duty correctly, court records state.

She alleges he yelled at her, grabbed her right arm and said, "Come with me," the records allege.

"The victim advised him, 'Don't grab me,' to Mr. Asam and followed with either, 'That hurts' or 'You're hurting me,''' according to allegations contained in papers filed in magistrate court.

A Shepherdstown Police officer obtained several photographs of Watt, and there was a large bruise on her right arm, according to charging documents.

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On Jan. 11, a Shepherdstown Police officer met with Candice Dillard, another Bavarian Inn worker, who alleged she heard Asam yelling the night of the incident.

Dillard said she saw Asam grabbing Watt and "spinning her half way around," according to court records. "The victim pleaded, 'Mr. Asam, please let go of my arm, you're hurting me. You don't have to drag me, I'm coming,''' court records said.

Asam said Tuesday the allegation is a "total, gross exaggeration."

Asam declined to say whether there was a disagreement between him and Watt, but he said she was not injured.

"This will come out later on," he said. "I don't believe it's going to come to anything."

Asam was arraigned on the battery charge Tuesday afternoon and was released on a $1,500 personal recognizance bond, according to Magistrate Katherine Santucci.

Conviction on a battery charge carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a $500 fine.

No hearing date had been set Tuesday.

The upscale Bavarian Inn and Lodge, which sits beside the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, is operated by Asam and his wife.

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