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Portsmouth Council to Review Liquor Incidents

Both incidents occurred in March and relate to employees inside the premises past closing time.

Portsmouth Council to Review Liquor Incidents
The Portsmouth Town Council on Monday will review two incidents at recent establishments involving employees being inside the premises past closing time.

Police Chief Thomas F. Lee submitted the incidents to the Portsmouth Board of License Commissioners to review and "determine if any action should be taken against the business[es]."

The first incident was on March 22 when an officer on routine patrol saw a man walk out of the V.F.W. Post 5390 on Anthony Road carrying a six pack of Stella Artois at 1:56 a.m.

The liquor license stipulates that the establishment must be vacated by 1:30 a.m.

The man saw the officer and abandoned the beer by putting it on the ground and continuing to walk to his car.

Police said the man happened to be the bartender and he reportedly told the officer that he was closing up but was aware that the place needed to be cleared out by 1:30 a.m. 

The V.F.W. Post President reportedly told police that he spoke with the bartender who admitted the mistake and said it was "poor judgement."

In the second incident, police on routine business checks saw an employee leave Tremblay's Island Park Cafe on Park Avenue at 2:30 a.m. on March 22.

In that incident, the employee said she was cleaning up but was aware of the 1:30 a.m. rule but was unable to do so that night.

The officers did not see anyone else in the building.

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