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Hancock bar owner appeals penalty

July 02, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

The owner of a Hancock bar is appealing a liquor board penalty levied against its license because of a post-Christmas 2001 shooting death that occurred there.

The Washington County Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the liquor board, fined the Log Cabin Inn $2,500 and suspended its liquor license for 30 days, according to the appeal filed in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

A six-month probationary period was ordered to follow the suspension, court records said.

Bar owner Dimitrios Tsipouras filed the appeal, which calls the liquor board's decision unreasonable.

William A. Weicht, 33, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was shot once in the chest at the Log Cabin on Dec. 26, 2001. He died at Washington County Hospital.

On April 8, an Allegany County, Md., man was acquitted of reckless endangerment in Weicht's death.

When he announced the verdict, Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley said there was no dispute that Shawn E. Golden, 22, fired the shot that killed Weicht.

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Beachley said no one saw the incident and there was not enough evidence to convict Golden.

The liquor board held a May 29 hearing to review the bar's liquor license in the wake of the shooting and issued its decision June 18.

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