Liquor board to consider alleged sales to minors

Three vendors charged after sting operations

January 25, 1999|By E. B. Furgurson | E. B. Furgurson,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Three local liquor purveyors charged with selling alcohol to minors could have their licenses suspended if the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board finds them guilty.

The board has scheduled a hearing at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow in the Arundel Center on charges that Odenton Liquors, Whitey's Supermarket in Linthicum and Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel sold liquor to minors during county police sting operations in September and October.

The alleged violations were the first for each store, said Richard Bittner, liquor board chairman.

Authorities run occasional sting operations in police districts with task forces set up for that purpose.

Whitey's, at 803 N. Hammonds Ferry Road, was cited Sept. 11 after an 18-year-old working with a police tactical officer allegedly bought a bottle of Orange Dream liquor without being carded, according to police reports.

Odenton Liquors, 1115 Annapolis Road, was cited for allegedly selling a six-pack of beer to a minor during a similar operation run by the county police vice unit September 25, reports stated.

Corridor Wine and Spirits, 3321 Fort Meade Road, allegedly sold beer to a minor during a sting operation Oct. 2 by tactical officers.

The liquor board can hand down fines, suspend or revoke the license of a business found guilty of such violations.

"Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances of the offense," Bittner said.

In other action on tomorrow's agenda, the board will consider two applications for new licenses, one for Corshell's Italian Cafe in Pasadena and one for British Airways' Chesapeake Club at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

Michelle Burrows, owner of Corshell's in the 8400 block of Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena, has said she is seeking a beer and wine license to accommodate customers at the family-oriented cafe, which has been open since mid-November.

British Airways is applying for a license for its departure lounge at BWI, which serves the airline's premium passengers and Executive Club members. The lounge, the only one in the new international wing, is selling soft drinks, coffee, tea and snacks to British Airways passengers and those from other airlines.

Pub Date: 1/25/99

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