WESTMINSTER — The county liquor board has fined the owners of BJ's, a Westminster restaurant and bar, $1,500 and suspended their liquor license for five days after the board ruled they served beer to three minors in November.
The board fined owners Barry Snyder and Joseph Kaplan $500 for each offense and suspended the license Feb. 12 through 16.
The maximum fine they could have received was $2,000.
The owners were charged with serving beer on Nov. 21 to David A. Maempel and David G. Shorter, both of Hanover, Pa., and Tracey Taylor of Westminster. All were 20 at the time.
Shorter died in a car accident outside of Hanover at 3:40 a.m., about 2 1/2 hours after leaving BJ's, located in Fairground Village.
Maempel, who was driving the vehicle, said he drank 10 or 12 beers at BJ's that evening.
He fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a tree, killing his friend, who also was his housemate.
At a liquor board hearing Jan. 13, an attorney for BJ's owners said two of the three minors had presented driver's licenses stating they were at least 21, the legal drinking age.
Maempel said at the hearing he had patronized BJ's about a dozen times since it opened in July and never had been asked for proof of age.
Healso said he and Shorter did not drink after they left BJ's around 1a.m.
BJ's owners also face a fourth charge that they served beer to a 20-year-old Westminster man on Dec. 8.
A hearing is scheduledlater this month.
Before July, BJ's was operated by different owners under the name Jeremy's Restaurant and Lounge.
CHAMBER SETS EVENTS
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce will play host to Steve Powell, director of the county Department of Management and Budget, at its general membership luncheonat noon Feb. 13 at the Comfort Inn.
Powell will present information on the current budget situation and fiscal 1993 requests as well as how the state fiscal position affects Carroll County.
The luncheon is $12 per person and reservations are requested by Feb. 10.
Other chamber events include:
* Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 19 (snow date Feb. 20) at Carroll County Mutual Insurance, 249 E. Main St., Westminster. Reservations should be made by Feb. 17.
* General Membership Break fast, 8 a.m. Feb. 25 at Friendly Farm Restaurant, Route 140. Paul Zimmerman, attorney for the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, will discuss how employers can protect themselves from abuses of the system.
Cost is $8 per person; make reservationsby Feb. 21.
* Annual Legislative Action Committee dinner with state legislators March 10 in Annapolis. A bus will leave the parking lot behind Ascension Episcopal Church on North Court Street, Westminster, at 5:15 p.m. and return about 11 p.m.
Limited reservations are $40.
IT'S CHERRY PIE TIME
ELDERSBURG -- Carrolltowne Mall will celebrate Washington's Birthday Feb. 22 by offering cherry pies for 10 cents each.
All money will be donated to the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department,so contributions are welcome.
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