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Clark faults rave plan

12 Crane owner had 'best intentions'

July 14, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — On the day he returned from vacation, Town Manager Christopher Clark spent several hours dealing with the aftermath of last Saturday's wild rave at 12 Crane.

Police that night made five arrests at the popular entertainment and dining venue, including the son of owner Gabriel McCarthy, on drug and other charges.

After a Tuesday meeting with Fire Chief Richard Ciesla, Fire Inspector Steve Lavoie, Police Lt. Shane Woodson and Building Inspector Nick Tortis, Clark said, based on the information he was able to gather, he believes the town was "intentionally misled" about the party at 12 Crane.

"On the surface," he said, "there appears to be a series of intentional violations of town ordinances and bylaws."

Clark said he would conduct a review of the licenses he has through the town.

"Some of the activity that occurred," he said, "appears to be outside some of the licenses he has."

In addition to a liquor license, issued through the Liquor Licensing Board, McCarthy's business has a common victualler's and an entertainment license.

The Liquor Licensing Board has not yet met on the matter.

Among the potential violations, according to Clark, was the advertisement of a massage parlor, for which he said no permit was sought. A tent was also set up, he added, "and no permit was sought for that."

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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