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Washington County liquor board briefs

November 13, 2008

Police detail fights at Divi's Nightclub



Officers from the Hagerstown Police Department met with Washington County liquor officials Wednesday to discuss two disturbances last month at Divi's Nightclub on Dual Highway in Hagerstown.

Sgt. Kevin Simmers and Patrolman Michael Alderton told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that fights occurred at Divi's in the early morning hours of Oct. 11 and 18.

During the incident on Oct. 18, a man took of his shirt and challenged police to shoot him with a taser, Alderton said. The man was arrested as a result.

Roy Lorshbaugh, manager of Divi's, said nightclub employees have increased security measures to deter patrons from fighting.

Because of the disturbances, Divi's could lose its liquor license and face a $2,500 fine, liquor board Chairman Robert L. Everhart said. Those penalties, which are the maximum, rarely are imposed.

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Smithsburg tavern for sale



The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, agreed to hold a Smithsburg tavern's liquor license until the business changes hands.

Charles Remsburg, owner of Gabby's Bar & Grill at 22409A Jefferson Blvd., told liquor officials Wednesday that he was seeking someone to buy the bar because business was "bad."

Remsburg said the business has been closed for the last three months.

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