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Braintree's Elks Lodge given one-day suspension following December bar fight

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  July 15, 2013 03:10 PM

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Braintree’s Elks Lodge was given a one-day liquor license suspension for allegedly mishandling a bar fight.

According to members of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, bar patrons allegedly had a fight on Dec. 27 after 11 p.m. after playing a game of cards

Though bar management didn’t call police, one of the people involved in the fight did.

“[Management] didn’t think there was a need to call police. They thought they had taken care of the problem adequately themselves,” said Police Chief Russell Jenkins, a member of the Licensing Board.

Police arrived on scene that night. The incident led to the Board hearing on July 9, where members found the bar at fault for not reporting the incident.

Club manager Russ Neary, who spoke at the hearing, did not return calls for comment.

Jenkins said the board decided on a one-day liquor license suspension, which will be suspended indefinitely if the bar doesn’t get in any more trouble for six months.

The incident will count as the bar’s first offense, making any future penalties for violations more severe. The violation will be removed from the bar's record after 48 months, according to the Town's bylaws.

Both the vote on the violation and subsequent vote on a penalty were unanimous, though only members were present.

Neary did not contest the charges, though he initially said he wouldn’t have called police if he had been present at the time of the violation.

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