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Building owner claims tavern owes rent

March 18, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- A woman who manages the building that housed Decourcy's Pub on North Mulberry Street in Hagerstown said she will block a request from the business' former owner to transfer the liquor license.

Sharon Turner said Wednesday after a hearing in front of Washington County liquor officials that was attended by Turner, her husband and Adam O'Brien, the pub's former owner, that she would block O'Brien's request to transfer the license to a building at 24 E. Franklin St. unless he pays her past due rent and other expenses.

Turner told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that it shouldn't let O'Brien transfer the license.

"He doesn't pay his rent," she said. "... If I have to take this to court, I'll do so."

O'Brien said he wanted to renew the liquor license and move forward without Turner's consent.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the board isn't concerned about the financial differences between the Turners and O'Brien.

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"We're only concerned about the liquor license," Everhart said.

Everhart said O'Brien could apply for the transfer, but nothing would be guaranteed.

Decourcy's Pub was at 139 N. Mulberry St.

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