Liquor Board Eyes Penalties For Bar Brawl

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — The Allegany County liquor board is considering penalizing a Cumberland bar where four men were stabbed in a fight.

The panel heard testimony Tuesday on the incident at Reds Bar.

Chairman Michael Griffith says the board will likely decide by Friday on possible sanctions ranging from a verbal warning to a fine.

Justin Nizer, 31, of Cumberland is charged in the February attacks. Authorities say he was reportedly picking fights while wearing a Philadelphia Eagles football jersey.

The tavern’s lawyer says Reds now has a dress code that bans football jerseys. He says the owners of other drinking establishments say football jerseys seem to attract trouble.

Board members recommended that all the tavern’s bartenders get training in identifying and handling intoxicated patrons.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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