Former chairwoman of liquor board fined $500

November 04, 1997|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Responding to complaints of loud music at an Essex bar, the Baltimore County liquor board yesterday issued $500 in fines -- against the board's former chairwoman.

Jerry D. Jordan, who was chairwoman of the liquor board for two years in the early 1980s, was fined after a liquor inspector reported hearing loud music outside Jordan's bar. The board found her guilty of violating noise regulations and fined her $300.

Jordan had been fined $100 last year for noise infractions.

Yesterday, she was fined another $200 for using the name Club 506 although her liquor license lists the bar's name as The Last Straw Inn.

Liquor board Chairman Philip R. Leyhe Jr. announced at the hearing that because Jordan had been his immediate predecessor he would recuse himself to avoid any appearance of favoritism.

Jordan, who argued during the hearing that she had insulated windows and doors at the bar and had tried to monitor bands to control noise, said afterward that the board may have been tougher on her because of her former position.

She said she would appeal the finding.

In other action, the liquor board approved a license transfer to a group that is to reopen the Milton Inn, a Baltimore County landmark that closed in September in a lease dispute.

The board approved the transfer of the license to Milton FareInc. A member of that group has said it hopes to reopen the restaurant by Thanksgiving.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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