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Hagerstown's Waterin Hole could have its liquor license suspended

January 24, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Washington County liquor officials will interview more witnesses before making a decision whether to suspend a Hagerstown tavern's liquor license after a man was assaulted there Dec. 1.

Robert L. Everhart, chairman of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, said after a Wednesday hearing that The Waterin Hole, at 15 E. Baltimore St., faces a maximum $2,500 fine and having its license suspended for up to 30 days.

"Each case is not the same, and the fines vary," he said.

The commissioners met with the victim, his father and Therisa Lamp, The Waterin Hole's owner.

The victim said four men assaulted him inside the bar as he waited for a taxi in the early-morning hours of Dec. 1. The victim said he called 911 after his assailants left the bar and drove away.

Lamp said she was in the back of the bar when the assault began. She said she spoke to police about the incident roughly a week after it happened.

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Lamp said she knew at least two of the assailants but did not know their addresses or last names.

Everhart said after the meeting that the commissioners would try to subpoena more witnesses to verify what happened.

He said bartenders and tavern owners are not required to report every fight that occurs.

"But if it's something that warrants it, you're foolish not to," Everhart said.

Hagerstown Police Sgt. Kevin S. Simmers said after the meeting that no one has been arrested for committing the assault to his knowledge.

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