Liquor board to investigate site of vice raid

March 27, 1996|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

The city liquor board has launched an investigation into a Brooklyn restaurant and catering business after Baltimore police raided a party there during the weekend and broke up what officers said was a gambling operation and sex show.

Board inspectors have requested a copy of the police report and might hold a hearing to determine if the owners of Councill's Restaurant and Catering knew what kind of event they booked, said Aaron Stansbury, the board's executive secretary.

Even if they were not present, the owners "are responsible for knowing what is going on on the licensed premise," Mr. Stansbury said. "We look to the licensee to uphold the rules. Apparently, that didn't happen in this case."

The Patapsco Avenue catering hall could face fines or have its liquor license suspended or revoked.

Councill's officials, including the corporation president, William B. Councill Jr., did not return repeated phones calls yesterday.

Police raided the hall Saturday afternoon after two officers obtained tickets to what was billed as a surprise birthday party.

Police said it turned out to be an afternoon of illegal gaming and sex organized by a traveling promoter.

The two dozen officers who streamed into the building did not arrest anyone at the party but turned over evidence to city prosecutors and said charges could be filed this week.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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