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Syracuse Bar Loses Liquor License

November 6, 1999

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A bar where three Syracuse University football players were stabbed and stomped on in a brawl last weekend has had its liquor license suspended.

The state Liquor Authority voted Thursday to immediately suspend the liquor license of Sadie’s Place, which is run by the wife of a sheriff’s deputy who owns the building.

``Any continued operation of the establishment would present a serious risk to the health, safety and welfare of the community,″ the authority said in a unanimous vote. Pending a hearing, the bar will be allowed to remain open but only to serve non-alcoholic beverages.

The bar has attracted police attention in the past, and patrons have been picked up there on weapons, drugs and assault charges, police Chief John Falge said.

The maximum penalty for the bar’s eight alleged violations of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law is a revocation of its liquor license.

City officials say last Sunday morning’s brawl is leading them to crack down on problem bars throughout the city. Five men, including three SU football players, were stabbed and beaten outside the bar by another group of men police said belong to a gang.

David Byrd, a 21-year-old senior defensive back from Schenectady, N.Y., underwent several hours of surgery after being stabbed five times in the neck and back. Junior defensive end Duke Pettijohn, 22, of Mattapan, Mass., and sophomore reserve lineman Giovanni DeLoatch, 20, of Teaneck, N.J., were treated for cuts.

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