Westfield false fire report not prosecuted

WESTFIELD, Mass. (The Westfield News) – A woman charged with making a false 911 report in an incident which led to the closing of an Elm Street bar saw the charge not prosecuted in Westfield District Court Thursday.

Erin McFague, 33, of 34 Meadow St., had been employed at Tommy D’s Courtyard Pub in March, 2013, and allegedly had called firefighters to tell them to disregard a smoke alarm the department had received saying it was the result of a patron who had activated a smoke bomb.

Firefighters and police responded anyway and found that the smoke filling the bar had been created, not by a fire or by a smoke bomb, but by a patron who had brought his motorcycle into the bar and had caused the tire to spin on the dance floor and burn rubber, filling the bar with smoke.

The incident led to the revocation of the bar’s liquor license, in May, and in August the bar owner, Gaetano A. ‘Tommy’ Denardo, was arraigned on charges of making a false police report, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct. Those charges are pending in Westfield District Court.

McFague appeared in court Thursday for a pretrial conference and learned that the charge would not be prosecuted.

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