Crofton bar cited for serving past closing time

July 09, 1996

County police cited a Crofton bar Sunday for serving customers an hour after its 2 a.m. closing time. It was the second time in three months the bar was cited with a violation, police said.

Officer Daniel A. Sereboff was patrolling on northbound Route shortly before 3 a.m. when he saw the "Open" light on at The Other Place in the 1600 block of Crofton Centre.

Sereboff found the front door was locked, but a side door was open and he saw several people going in and out of the bar, police said. When Sereboff walked to the door, a woman holding a beer ran into the bar screaming that the police arrived, Sereboff reported.

Sereboff followed the woman inside, where he saw about 15 people drinking and the owner of the bar, Murphy P. Smilardo, 51, walk toward the kitchen saying, "Police. Get rid of it," police said.

Soon afterward Sereboff heard the sound of bottles being thrown away.

Sereboff said he had given Smilardo a citation about three months earlier for the same violation. He issued another Sunday, took down his liquor license number, and told the bar owner he would contact the liquor board, police said.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

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