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Tavern owner feels singled out by police

October 08, 2002|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The owner of a Shepherdstown bar where there was a large disturbance last week said Monday he is being unfairly singled out by Shepherdstown Police over what police are calling an increasing number of incidents at bars in town.

After the incident last Thursday at Stonewalls Pub, the Shepherdstown Police Department issued a press release saying they were "concerned for the safety of Shepherdstown's citizens due to the increasing number of incidents at Stonewalls and other establishments serving alcohol in Shepherdstown."

Raymond Staubs, owner of Stonewalls Pub, said his tavern is unfairly blamed for bar-related problems in town because it is a favorite hang out.

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Staubs said it is common for people who are involved in an argument in another bar to end up at his place because it is a popular place for people to go.

"It just seems to be coming from my place when it's not," Staubs said.

Shepherdstown Police Chief Charles Cole would not comment Monday. A spokeswoman at the police department said Cole was preparing for a Shepherdstown Town Council meeting and did not have time to discuss the matter.

Officers from every police department in Jefferson County plus two from Berkeley County responded to Stonewalls Pub, which is in the basement of the building that houses Tony's Pizza Den, after a man inside began acting in an obnoxious manner at about 3 a.m. last Thursday, Staubs and police said.

The man was asked to leave the bar at 126 E. German St., but it was obvious he was not going to without a struggle, Staubs said.

Friends of the man began questioning why the man was being asked to leave, Staubs said.

When the man was handed over to police outside, a struggle ensued, Staubs said. Three Winchester, Va., residents were arrested and charged with various offenses, police said.

Staubs said Monday he operates "a very tight ship" at his bar, making sure no one under 21 drinks in the bar and making sure that people do not have too much to drink.

Although an increasing number of people are coming to the town to party, Staubs said he feels the crowds can be managed.

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