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June 24. 2013 10:50AM

Page restaurant closes permanently

PORTSMOUTH - The Page restaurant has shut its doors for good.

City officials announced Monday that a settlement reached between the bar's owner and the city resulted in the bar's permanent closure at 11:59 p.m. on June 21.

A hearing was scheduled for June 27 in front of the State Liquor Commission to address a petition filed by city manager John Bohenko seeking the termination of the bar's liquor license, which had expired in May.

City Attorney Robert P. Sullivan said there have been over 100 police-related incidents at The Page involving alcohol abuse and violence under the current ownership of New Adventure Entertainment, LLC.

In April, Zachary O'Neill of Dover allegedly struck Joshua Krantz, 24, also of Dover, in the head repeatedly over a spilled drink. Krantz was found dead in his apartment the next day. His death was caused by a fractured skull, but the manner has not yet been ruled a homicide.

O?'Neill is currently facing a first-degree assault charge as a result.

It was the final straw for the Portsmouth City Council who authorized Bohenko to submit the petition to the SLC.

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams also filed criminal charges against the bar. The bar was indicted on two felony counts in May.

According to Monday's release from DuBois and Bohenko, The Page agreed with the city that effective June 21, the restaurant would go out of business.

City Attorney Robert P. Sullivan also indicated that no similar night club establishment may re-open at that location, regardless of ownership.


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