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Judge rules bar to close for 30 days

November 22, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

A Hancock bar in which a man was fatally shot in Dec. 2001 will have to close for 30 days, a Washington County Circuit judge ruled Friday.

In his order, Judge John H. McDowell upheld the county liquor board's June 18 decision to fine the Log Cabin Inn's owner $2,500 and suspend the bar's liquor license for a month. The bar will be on probation for six months.

The order will take effect Dec. 1.

Dimitrios Tsipouras, the Log Cabin Inn's owner, had appealed the decision by the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, commonly known as the liquor board.

On Dec. 26, 2001, William A. Weicht, 33, of Warfordsburg, Pa., was fatally shot at the Hancock bar. Weicht died at Washington County Hospital.

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Shawn E. Golden, 23, of Little Orleans, Md., was acquitted in April of a reckless endangerment charge in connection with the shooting.

The May 29 liquor board hearing was a result of the shooting, court records indicate. In July, McDowell ordered the bar to pay the fine, but allowed it to stay open while the appeal was pending.

McDowell also ordered Tsipouras and all Log Cabin Inn employees to complete awareness training before the bar would be allowed to reopen.

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