Board fines ex-liquor store owners $100

December 22, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Board of License Commissioners fined the former owners of an Ellicott City liquor store $100 for selling alcohol to a woman some witnesses said was intoxicated.

The board, which voted 4-0 in favor of the fine, could have suspended or revoked the liquor license of Normandy Liquors because selling alcohol to a person under the influence is a misdemeanor.

But according to the board's written decision and order released last week, the panel opted for the lesser punishment because the board had already approved transferring the license from Clarence and Mary Edmondson to new owners Grace Okhyon Yun and Sang Oh.

"There would be no purpose in considering a suspension of the license," the decision and order read.

Efforts to reach the Edmondsons were unsuccessful. During a hearing two weeks ago, Yun and Oh both assured board members that they would take steps to prevent such a violation.

The ruling stems from an Oct. 27 incident at the Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott City.

Detective Martin Johnson, the county's liquor inspector, said store clerk Mary Agnes Bowling, 52, told him a customer who had bought alcohol at the store did not appear to be intoxicated.

Greg Kaczor, the store manager, also told Johnson the customer did not appear to be intoxicated.

But another customer in the store at the time of the sale told Johnson that he thought the customer "might have had a few in her."

The board ruled against the liquor store.

Pub Date: 12/22/97

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