The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

September 13, 2013

Ex-restaurant owner jailed for operating without permit

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A Sharon businessman is in jail for running his restaurant without an occupancy permit.

Jeff Chaser, owner of the now-closed Tap House, 21 Chestnut St., is serving a 30-day stint in Mercer County Jail.

He had been cited by Robert Fiscus, city code director, for hosting private parties at the restaurant and bar that previously had been known as Chestnut Street Cafe without a valid occupancy permit.

Fiscus said an inspection last year showed that the sprinkler system didn’t work properly and that the building couldn’t be used for business until Chaser repaired it and passed a follow-up public safety inspection.

He didn’t fix it but he booked a December party that police shut down. Fiscus cited Chaser, who was found guilty by District Justice Dennis M. Songer, Sharon, in a summary trial for operating without an occupancy permit.

In late winter, Chaser booked another party, was cited again and found guilty a second time in April in a trial before Songer, who imposed a jail term as well as a fine and costs.

Songer granted Chaser a couple of delays in starting his jail term at Chaser’s request for business and health reasons. He reported to jail Wednesday for the term that runs through Oct. 11.

Chaser has begun a payment plan to pay $1,087 in fines and costs.