Bar scuffle in Birch Bay ends with minor cuts

Published on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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An early morning fight at a bar in Birch Bay over the weekend ended with two people in jail and a minor knife wound.

Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call outside Bobby’s Dry Dock at about 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, where they found two men struggling with the bar’s doorman, Sgt. Larry Flynn said.

The trouble began when the doorman informed 32-year-old Thaddeus L. Snider of Ferndale that he could not leave the bar with drink in hand, Flynn said. As the doorman tried to take his drink, Snider allegedly pulled out a pocketknife and cut the doorman on his hand.

Snider’s friend, 30-year-old Thomas J. Feely Jr. of Bellingham, allegedly jumped on the doorman’s back as he was trying to get the knife away from Snider. Sheriff’s deputies arrived after the fight spilled into the bar’s parking lot, Flynn said.

The doorman refused medical attention and bandaged himself once he was back inside the bar. Snider was booked into the county jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, while Freely was booked under suspicion of compliance to first-degree assault.