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Third Base Tavern owner ordered to close bar for 15 days

March 28, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

Washington County liquor officials have ordered the owner of a Williamsport bar to close for 15 days as punishment for a stabbing that occurred at the business last month.

Edward L. Kave, owner of Third Base Tavern at 35 N. Conococheague St., also was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and serve four months probation, according to a letter drafted Friday by the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said Monday that Kave appeared before the liquor board March 16 to discuss the incident. He said several Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies also attended the meeting.

“We take it pretty serious when something like this happens,” Everhart said.

The meeting was held to discuss the events that occurred at Third Base Tavern on Feb. 20, when Cody Aaron Ashby, 19, of Martinsburg, W.Va., allegedly stabbed Hagerstown resident Ricky Myers.

Myers was taken to Meritus Medical Center on the night of the incident to be treated for his wound.

Ashby was charged with first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous and deadly weapon with the intent to injure, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Ashby was being held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail in Berkeley County, W.Va., a jail official said Monday.

Sheriff’s office officials said in February that he was being held in West Virginia awaiting an extradition hearing in Maryland.

Everhart said he couldn’t speak in detail about the liquor board’s decision, but the letter stated that board members considered testimony March 16 from a man who lives by the bar and Williamsport Director of Economic and Community Development Michael Sparks, who said the establishment had a “detrimental effect to the surrounding neighborhood and community” because of the stabbing and disorderly patrons.

In addition, the letter stated that the sheriff’s office acknowledged that Kave cooperated with its investigation, but he “was not fully forthcoming with any information about the identity of the alleged assailant until it was revealed by another source. The board has long held that a licensee must fully cooperate with law enforcement officials in conducting their investigations in or near a licensed premises at all times.”

Third Base Tavern’s suspension is to begin at 6 a.m. April 4 and end at 6 a.m. April 19, according to liquor board documents. Kave has 30 days to appeal the penalty.  

Kave did not return two phone calls that were placed Monday seeking comment.

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