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Club Twisted surrenders alcohol license

December 12, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Club Twisted in Berkeley County, W.Va. where a Frederick, Md. man was wounded during a shooting.
By Matthew Umstead

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The owner of a Berkeley County club where a fatal stabbing and a shooting occurred in a span of two months this fall has agreed to surrender the club's license to serve alcohol, West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (ABCA) spokesman Gary "Gig" Robinson said Monday.

Robinson said in an email that the owner of Twisted Inc. made the decision Friday afternoon. A Class A license to serve liquor, wine and nonintoxicating beer was issued by the ABCA to Twisted Inc. in July 2010 and wasn't due to expire until June 2012, according to the state agency's license database.

Robinson said last week that the ABCA was investigating the circumstances of the criminal activities to determine whether they were connected to the owner or owners of the club in any way as part of its own probe. The business phone number listed with the ABCA for Twisted Inc. at 5268 Wlliamsport Pike was not operating Monday.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred Sept. 25 in the club's parking lot.

Police have identified a person of interest, but no charges had been filed as of Monday, according to court records.

Terrell A. Coleman, 25, of Columbia, Md., died from his injuries and a second person, identified as Shavar T. Copes, 25, of Frederick, Md., also was stabbed, but has since recovered, police have said.

On Nov. 26, two Hagerstown men were nabbed by police in Washington County after a shooting in the club's parking lot left a Frederick man hospitalized.

Warrants charging Leon William Racks, 29, and Joseph Wayne Mason, 27, with malicious wounding in the shooting of Kevin Mullen, 28, have been issued, but the men had not been arraigned on the charges in Berkeley County as of Monday. The men, who were being held without bond in Washington County, waived extradition in District Court on Nov. 28.

Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely said Monday that she expected the men to be arraigned on the charges in the next several days.

Games-Neely said she is familiar with investigators' efforts to try to close the fatal stabbing case, but indicated more evidence is needed to make an arrest.

Police have said a suspect in the fatal stabbing was described as a black male, between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet, 5 inches tall with short cornrows. He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, blue and silver sneakers, and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or who witnessed the stabbing may contact Deputy St. Clair at 304-267-7000 or Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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