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Cost of beer leads to fight at local bar

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By Jenny Hartley

A Lancaster man went to jail Wednesday after an aggravated assault stemming from an argument over the cost of beer at a bar.

William Kevin Todd, 40, of 1684 Lynwood Drive, was charged by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office with aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to kill.

According to a sheriff's office incident report, a man told a deputy that he was at Bugsy's on Memorial Park Road and had been drinking Coors Light and then asked for a Corona. The Coors cost $2 and the Corona $2.75. When the man realized that the Corona was more expensive, he said he told the bartender to give him a Coors Light instead.

The man said the bartender began to yell and curse at him, according to the report.

The man told deputies that Todd came up behind him and hit him on the left side of his head with a pool stick. The man said the pool stick broke in half, the report said. The man was hit on his arm when Todd swung the broken stick a second time, the report said.

Two of the man's friends came up and Todd went behind the bar and got a baseball bat and a revolver, the report said.

The man and his friends left the bar with Todd following them. The report said Todd fired four or five shots at the men outside the bar.

The men said told deputies they ran to Palmetto Auto Sales. The man hit by Todd used a passer-by's cell phone to call 911, the report said.

A deputy spoke to Todd at the bar. Todd said he told the first man to leave several times and he refused. Todd said he hit him with the pool stick because he was "protecting his bar," the report said.

Todd said he had a revolver in the safe but he did not use it.

The report said he put his hands in the deputy's face, asking the deputy to check them for gun-shot residue. The deputy smelled soap on the man's hands, according to the report.

Contact Jenny Hartley at 283-1151 or jhartley@thelancasternews.com