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Liquor board makes Waterin' Hole go dry

June 05, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County liquor officials have revoked the liquor license of a Hagerstown tavern after the owner and several patrons were charged with selling crack cocaine earlier this year from inside the establishment.

In a letter dated May 29, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, also known as the liquor board, informed Therisa Jo Lamp, owner of The Waterin' Hole Tavern at 15 E. Baltimore St., that her liquor license would be revoked effective May 30.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said Lamp has 30 days to appeal the liquor board's decision.

Lamp's attorney, Edward N. Button, said Wednesday he didn't know whether Lamp would appeal.

Lamp sat before the liquor board during a May 21 hearing in which Frank Toston of the Washington County Narcotics Task Force said an informant allegedly purchased crack cocaine from Lamp on Feb. 8. Informants allegedly bought crack again from patrons at the bar on Feb. 18 and April 3, Toston said.

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Charged with selling crack during the Feb. 18 incident was Michael Murray, 60, of Hagerstown, who was a frequent customer at The Waterin' Hole, Toston said. Clifford Staley, 39, of Hagerstown, was charged with selling crack as he patronized the bar on April 3.

Toston said the charges were levied during an investigation of the tavern that lasted from February until April. Gerald Phillips, 45, of Hagerstown, and Thomas Copin, 29, of Baltimore, also were charged as part of the investigation, Toston said.

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