Liquor licenses approved Paddock Wine awaits police records check

January 13, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

The Carroll County Liquor Board tentatively approved transferring the liquor license for the Paddock Wine and Spirit Shop in Woodbine yesterday, pending receipt of police records for one of the applicants.

Board members also granted a Class B restaurant license to Carol Ann and Anthony Trombetta for the Harvest Inn in Sykesville. The couple recently purchased the restaurant from Mrs. Trombetta's parents, Harry P. and Jean G. Fisher.

"They are both the type of children that you can go to bed at night and don't worry, because you know they are doing the right thing," said Anthony's father, Vincent W. Trombetta, in support of his son's liquor license application.

In the Paddock Wine case, board members said they will release the Class A package goods license to Antonio and Gilbert Moscatelli and Raymond A. LaRue once they see police records for a William Matthew Burke. Mr. Burke also goes by the name Gilbert Moscatelli and claims a similar birth date to Mr. Moscatelli, the applicant.

A routine records check for the liquor application uncovered the similarities in name and birth date.

"I don't know any William Burke, or any other Burke for that matter," said 27-year-old Gilbert Moscatelli during the hearing.

Board members were also concerned about a liquor violation charge against Mr. LaRue when he sold alcohol to a state police cadet while working for Dennis A. and Joann M. Leutner, who currently own Paddock Wine.

Mr. LaRue was found guilty, but not required to pay a fine because it was a first offense.

"I learned that you don't base an assumption of age on 21," said Mr. LaRue yesterday, recalling the incident when he first began helping Mr. Leutner at the store last year. "You base it on 25 or 30 and take no chances whatsoever. I never intended to sell to a minor. I would never do that."

Ms. Leutner said after the hearing that the incident was unfair and a form of entrapment, because the cadet was their neighbor and looked older than his age.

"[The cadet] was a big, 230-pound guy," she said, adding that her husband had just left Mr. LaRue alone at the store and would never have sold the alcohol because Mr. Leutner knew the cadet was only 20.

"That's every liquor store owner's nightmare, selling to a minor," she said.

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