Annapolis restaurant must close its doors at midnight, judge rules

June 28, 1994

Buddy's Crabs and Ribs, a popular downtown Annapolis restaurant, must close its doors at midnight because of an Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge's ruling yesterday.

Judge Eugene Lerner upheld his earlier decision that the restaurant's 2 a.m. closing violated city zoning laws. He refused to issue a stay of the ruling pending appeals.

Alan J. Hyatt, the lawyer representing restaurant owner Harvey Blonder, asked Judge Lerner yesterday to send the case back to the Annapolis City Council for a clarification of the council's decision last year granting a 2 a.m. closing.

Judge Lerner said neither the restaurant owner nor the council had shown any valid reason last year to overturn a 1990 decision that denied the restaurant a 2 a.m. closing.

Although the restaurant's application last year for 2 a.m. closing was virtually the same as one submitted in 1990, the mayor and an alderman switched their votes. Judge Lerner said the reversal was capricious and illegal.

Mr. Hyatt filed an appeal with the Court of Special Appeals yesterday. He said he may seek a stay of the judge's ruling until the appeal is heard.

Pasadena man, 38, dies in car collision

A 38-year-old Pasadena man died Saturday after being thrown from a car that had been hit by another vehicle, county police said. Lester Clarence Barnes of the 100 block of Ryan Road was pronounced dead at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

A car driven by James Michael Faulkner, 39, of the 3200 block of Landing Road in Edgewater ran a stop sign at West Friendship and Old Solomons Island roads and hit the Jeep Cherokee in which Mr. Barnes was riding, police said. The crash occurred at 2:26 p.m. The Jeep's driver and another passenger also were injured and were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital. Police could not provide their names.

Police have charged Mr. Faulkner with driving while intoxicated.

2 Annapolis men arrested on drug charges

Two Annapolis men were arrested Saturday on drug possession charges. City police, responding to a tip from a resident, went to the first block of Clay St. around 9 a.m. Saturday and saw two men sitting in a car.

The car's driver fled when police approached. The passenger stayed in the back seat and was questioned. Police seized $180 and found 30 grams of marijuana worth $250.

The passenger, identified as Charles Edward Pritchett, 18, of the first block of Heritage Court was being held at the Anne Arundel County jail on $2,500 bond.

Torone A. Colbert, 19, of the first block of Victor Parkway was arrested later Saturday and released on his own recognizance. Both men were charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

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