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Washington Co. liquor board briefs

May 20, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

Liquor board considers discipline for West End Pub owner in alleged assault



Washington County liquor officials were considering whether to discipline the owner of a Hagerstown bar in connection with an alleged assault at the establishment in March.

On Wednesday, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, heard testimony from representatives of the West End Pub & Restaurant at 5 Nottingham Road.

That testimony was in connection with an incident in which a man is alleged to have pulled a knife when he got into a fight with another patron March 8.

Rebecca Cline, an employee of the West End Pub & Restaurant, asked the liquor board for leniency, saying employees had no way of knowing that the man would pull a knife.

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"I don't know what we could have done to prevent that," Cline said. "He was a man on a mission ... There was no chance to nip this in the bud."

Hagerstown Police Sgt. Kevin Simmers said the man who is accused of pulling the knife, Antonio Leon Mooney, 34, address unavailable, was charged with one count each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana.

West End Pub & Restaurant could face the loss of its liquor license and be fined $2,500, but those penalties, which are the maximum, are rarely imposed, liquor board chairman Robert L. Everhart said.

The liquor board said it would make a decision within 30 days.

Discipline considered for Hancock bar owner after women seen exposing their breasts



The owner of a Hancock bar could face disciplinary action after state liquor agents witnessed two female patrons expose their breasts during an event at the business in February.

Jimmy Joy, owner of the Log Cabin Inn at 7536 Millstone Road, on Wednesday went before the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, to discuss the incident.

Neil Benson, an agent with the Comptroller of Maryland Field Enforcement Bureau, told the liquor board that he and another agent went to the business Feb. 28 and saw two female patrons exposing their breasts to male customers.

Benson said a man, whom Joy said was not an employee of the bar, was serving customers alcohol and taking money from them. The same man was observed urinating in the parking lot, Benson alleged.

Joy said he doesn't condone nudity in the business and didn't see the women exposing their breasts because he was on stage playing in a band.

"If I wasn't playing in the band, that wouldn't have happened," Joy said.

Liquor board chairman Robert L. Everhart said Joy could lose his liquor license and be ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, but those penalties, which are the maximum, are rarely imposed.

Everhart said the liquor board would make its decision within 30 days.

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