FITCHBURG -- The License Commission summonsed Partner’s Pub for a hearing Wednesday after a bartender allegedly failed to call police when a woman was assaulted there in June.
Partner’s Pub Owner Walter Kirby said the altercation, which a Fitchburg police officer said occurred between the current girlfriend of the victim’s former boyfriend, happened when he was not on premises and was over after about 30 seconds. The victim later alerted police to the assault.
“It was over too quickly, the police are the first people we call, I don’t call my mother, no one, I call police first,” said Kirby.
Local statute requires liquor license holders to call police if a fight occurs on premises, said commissioner Donna Pawlak.
License commissioners said they would be amenable to sanctioning Partner’s Pub for failing to call police, but at the request of Kirby’s attorney continued the hearing to a later meeting so the bartender who worked that evening could testify.
Man gets 4 years for drug dealing
WORCESTER -- A Fitchburg man was sentenced last week in federal court for dealing Oxycodone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston.
Marc Merchant, 54, was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2018, Merchant pleaded guilty to three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney.
On three occasions, Merchant distributed Oxycodone to an undercover agent in transactions that were audio and video recorded. On two instances, Aug. 9, 2016, and Feb. 17, 2017, Merchant distributed 100 pills to the agent, and on March 8, 2017, Merchant distributed 200 pills to the agent. When Merchant was arrested in April 2017, he was in possession of over $4,000 in cash and approximately 40 Oxycodone pills, said the release.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman.
Fitchburg holding 9/11 ceremony
FITCHBURG -- Mayor Stephen L. DiNatale and Fire Chief Kevin Roy would like to invite the general public to attend a 9/11 ceremony on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at Fire Headquarters located at 33 North St.
Almost a year after breaking ground, this will be the first 9/11 ceremony with a central fixture -- a piece of steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
The monument was erected to memorialize this tragic day in U.S. history with the assistance of the Fire Department, Department of Public Works, Montachusett Contracting Co., Monty Tech students, local donors and volunteers in late September of 2017.