NORTH ADAMS -- The city's Licensing Commission came forward with stiff penalties against the Artery Lounge on Tuesday after a stabbing Saturday morning outside the establishment left one victim with eight knife wounds and two others with lacerations.
The board ordered the bar's liquor license be suspended for 60 days and that afterward, its hours be limited to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for an indefinite period.
The Commission, which temporarily suspended the bar's liquor license Saturday in the wake of the violence, agreed on the penalties at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday in a 2-0 vote, with one member abstaining.
"I feel very strongly that there's a history of incidents that threaten public safety here," said Commission Chair Jeff Polucci. "This incident is the whip cream on two years of incidents. ... The history here is a history of a bar being out of control."
Messiah Grandson, 21, and Brandon Green, 20, both natives of New York living in Pittsfield, were arraigned Monday at Northern Berkshire District Court on charges related to Saturday's brawl, which occurred on Union Street outside the bar minutes after it had closed and resulted in three being treated at local hospitals for knife wounds.
Monday also saw the issuing of a warrant for the arrest of a third suspect, 21-year-old Donnell McFarland, of Pittsfield.
Pittsfield Attorney Mark Brennan represented the Artery's owner, Daniel O'Neil, who also attended, at the meeting.
Brennan made the case that no hostilities went on inside the bar, it was shut down normally without event and no evidence of overserving exists.
"My client's establishment was shut down," Brennan said. "... If I leave this place here and go stab somebody are you responsible?" he asked Polucci.
"So you don't think there's any culpability at all to the Artery Lounge?" Polucci shot back.
Brennan maintained it was "an unfortunate event" but that regular security protocol was followed, though he said he had not read police reports on the fight or viewed the available security footage taken inside the bar or outside the Crystal Hard Hat across the street.
North Adams Police Department Director Michael Cozzaglio said the Artery Lounge video reveals "some friction between some of the patrons inside" and a fight "spilling out" into the street shortly after.
"There was no telephone call ever made [by bar staff] at all in regard to this incident," Cozzaglio also pointed out.
Cozzaglio said NAPD Patrolman Gregory Onorato's discovery of the fight -- which involved a crowd of roughly 20 to 30 people -- resulted in a danger to him.
"He [was] standing there alone in this mess," Cozzaglio said.
The other two officers on duty Saturday were responding to a separate call at the time, so Onorato had to call in mutual aid from Williamstown and the State Police barracks in Cheshire, who took roughly 20 minutes to arrive.
Several other recent occurrences at the bar were brought to light by Cozzaglio and attorney Jennifer Breen that shed light on Polucci's claim.
On June 1, Cozzaglio said, another fight occurred at the bar, after which a victim of a gunshot wound suffered in Clarksburg was found to be present.
Breen represented the family of Christopher Stanley, a 28-year-old Clarksburg resident who died in an automobile accident after leaving the bar in February, 2012, after allegedly having been overserved. Chad Miller, 31, of Adams also died in the crash, which occurred on Canal Street. The vehicle the two were in left the road and landed in the flood-control chutes of the Hoosic River.
"This family has been greatly impacted by the overserving, and the complete chaos, really, at the Artery Lounge," Breen said. "Now people are being stabbed and there are gunshot victims inside. ... I'm frightened for the police, and I'm frightened for the community."
Breen said similar events don't regularly occur at other local bars, and that "police incidents are very much segregated to that bar."
The bar's previous closing time was 1:30 a.m. Saturday's events occurred at 1:38 a.m.
Brennan and O'Neil may now choose to appeal the commission's ruling at a yet-to-be-determined time at the state's Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission in Boston.
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