JOHNSTOWN - Five misdemeanor charges against restaurateur Jorge Tirse involving his would-be landlord, Joseph Andrews, were dismissed Tuesday in City Court.
Judge Thomas Walsh dismissed counts of offering a false instrument for filing, criminal possession of a forged instrument and forgery.
Tirse said today he didn't want the criminal charges dismissed so he could prove they were bogus, but is now happy to "clear his name."
Tirse, the owner of the former Anthony's Brick Oven restaurant in Gloversville, planned to move operations into the multistory building on Johnstown's East Main Street that for generations housed the Rainbow Restaurant.
But he and the building owner, Andrews, and his company, Mayflower Inc., became tangled in litigation after Tirse said Andrews locked him out after he moved his equipment into the restaurant space.
Tirse sued in state Supreme Court in Johnstown Dec. 8, seeking $1 million. Andrews filed a $2 million counter claim the next day, saying Tirse forged Andrews' signature on the lease. He also accused Tirse of trespassing on the site by prematurely moving in his belongings.
Both civil suits are pending in state Supreme Court in Johnstown.
Tirse said he also has a federal suit against the state for false arrest in U.S. District Court in Utica.