Police cite 15 West Baltimore outlets for selling liquor to underage buyer

April 09, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Fifteen West Baltimore liquor outlets were cited yesterday for selling alcoholic beverages to an underage Police Department employee.

Sgt. Jack Hergenroeder, head of the Western District's special projects and enforcement unit, said police took the action after citizens complained that some of the establishments were selling alcoholic beverages to people under 21, a liquor law violation.

Carryouts, lounges and bars along West Baltimore Street, Edmondson Avenue, North Fulton Avenue and the intersection of Pennsylvania and North avenues were targeted, Hergenroeder said.

He said a 20-year-old female Community Service Officer entered 20 outlets and requested an alcoholic beverage.

"Of the 20 places she entered, 15 did not request ID," he said.

After an illegal sale was made, police and liquor board inspector Donald Fitzgerald entered the outlet and cited the owner or a clerk with selling alcohol to someone under 21.

The citation ordered the owner or the employee to appear before the liquor board at a future date.

Hergenroder said the imposition of a fine or license suspension could depend on the outlet's record with the liquor board or the seriousness of the violation.

While in the outlets yesterday, police and Fitzgerald inspected them for other liquor and health code violations. The ages of patrons also were checked.

Pub Date: 4/09/99

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