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Barracuda, Andrew's lose liquor licenses

October 06, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Barracuda Surf Bar, at 901 Dual Highway in Hagerstown, lost its liquor license Wednesday afternoon, according to the Hagerstown Police Department.

Andrew's, the adjoining steak and seafood restaurant, also had its license revoked, police said.

Officers and members of the Washington County Board of License Commissioners suspended the liquor licenses "indefinitely," police said.

Police said the licenses were suspended because of a pattern of disturbance at the night club and several fire code violations. Police said the club has been the site of increasing violence, and police have responded to 340 emergency calls to the bar since Jan. 1.

Several people have been arrested there after fights, assaults and shootings, police said. Two people have been stabbed inside the club, and a shooting that happened across the street was linked to an entertainer at the club, police said.

A police officer was struck by a car Friday as a subject being arrested decided to flee, police said.

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"The Hagerstown Police have been forced to devote a sizeable amount of manpower just to keep the peace at Barracuda Surf Bar at closing time," police said.

At least 12 complaints were filed with the county liquor board by police before the suspension, police said.

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