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Liquor board reprimands owner of Governor's Landing

December 15, 2010|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Washington County liquor board Wednesday reprimanded the owner of a Williamsport restaurant after accusing her of lying under oath.

During a hearing, the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County scolded Renee Knight, owner of the Governor’s Landing restaurant at 10212 Governor Lane Blvd., for telling them in November that she filed with the proper state agency to change the restaurant's name to River City Sports Bar and Grill.

The liquor board had a letter in Knight's file from the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation that said the state never received her request.

“That concerns us,” said Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman. “If you're under oath, we expect you to tell the truth.”

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Knight again told liquor officials that she followed the proper procedures to change the name of the restaurant, but she said she didn't have documentation to prove it.

Everhart also told Knight that he was concerned she didn't respond recently to three certified letters from the liquor board requesting meetings. Knight claimed that she never received the certified letters, saying she doesn't check her mail for a few weeks at a time.

“You should check your mail a little more regularly,” Everhart said.

Knight said that her business would fail if she lost her liquor license. The liquor board is required by law to make a decision in the matter within the next 30 days. The maximum penalty is loss of liquor license and a $2,500 fine.

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