Police want Duke's Tavern liquor license suspended

March 08, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Hagerstown City Police are asking the county liquor board to suspend Duke's Tavern's liquor license for 30 days.

The downtown bar, which is in the first block of East Franklin Street near City Hall, was the scene of a stabbing and an assault in January. Also, police were called to Duke's Tavern hundreds more times than to any other downtown bar over a recent 12-month period, according to police figures submitted to the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday.

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, which oversees liquor licenses in the county, is expected to hear the case at 10:30 a.m. today at the board's West Washington Street office.

City Police Capt. Robert Hart said police were requesting the license suspension because they feel the tavern poses a public safety risk.


Hart referred to a Jan. 29 stabbing and a Jan. 28 assault.

It was noted that Duke's Tavern had 415 calls for police service during the 12-months ending in September. The next busiest bar for police had 142 calls for service, according to police figures.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer asked for consensus to support the police request for a 30-day suspension of Duke's Tavern's liquor license.

Councilman J. Wallace McClure supported the suspension.

Council members Lewis C. Metzner, Susan Saum-Wicklein and William M. Breichner said they would rather leave it to the liquor board.

No one at Duke's Tavern was available to comment Tuesday evening.

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