Facing one criminal charge and a city council hearing, the owner of the only licensed taxi service in Westminster has turned in the license and transferred the company to his mother.
The Westminster Common Council voted Monday night to approve the transfer of the ownership and license of Carroll County Wide Taxi & Transportation Service, as it was listed on the application by Betty June Bizzarri.
The former owner, Robert A. Bizzarri, 33, of the 800 block of Littlestown Pike surrendered his license Friday, said Westminster Police Chief Sam R. Leppo.
Leppo had been trying to schedule a council hearing on complaints about the company since last month, but he said a hearing was unnecessary with the transfer.
Bizzarri declined comment.
He was charged in July with theft for allegedly filling in $400 on a check for a $4 fare for an arthritic passenger May 19, according to court records.
The passenger, Joan E. Trumpe, told police she had asked Bizzarri to fill out the check for her but found the $396 difference in the amount when she received her bank statement, according to the statement of charges.
She told police she had contacted Bizzarri without result before calling them July 11.
Bizzarri has a Nov. 21 trial date in Carroll County District Court on a charge of theft of more than $300, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Betty Bizzarri, 56, of Maple Avenue filed the application with the Westminster Police Department to assume ownership of County Wide for a $25 annual fee for each of three vehicles.
Leppo told the council before the vote that his department can legally keep track of the drivers' permits and the meters in the cabs, which had been areas of concern.
Pub Date: 9/25/97