4 Howard businesses fined $100 each for violations of county liquor laws

November 23, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

From bowlers imbibing after hours to an overworked store owner drinking on the job, a variety of liquor law violations brought the same penalty to each of four Howard County businesses -- a $100 fine.

At the Eleventh Frame Lounge at a bowling alley in the 8400 block of Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, bowlers were drinking after the 2 a.m. closing May 22, the county Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board found last week. Licensee Jon Rendleman said the lounge was closed, but some bowlers hid their drinks and escaped detection by the business.

Eric Stein, the new owner of Decanter Fine Wines in the Hickory Ridge Village Center, had a different problem Oct. 20, 1998, shortly after he opened. His only stock person had quit, and after working 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, he was tired, hungry and thirsty, and drank several samples -- against the law for a package store. Stein has seven employees now, he told the board.

On Sept. 22 at the Three Nines Tavern in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, police Detective Martin Johnson was watching as a clerk sold a youth a 30-pack of beer and a bottle of rum. The boy was 17, the clerk was fired and licensee Stanley Nasiatka was praised by Johnson at the hearing for running "the most enforcement-oriented bar in Howard County." Nasiatka still was fined $100.

At E. C. Hemingway's, a restaurant in the Normandy shopping center on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City, Johnson saw a youth who proved to be 18 consume a beer July 30. Robert Bounds, the licensee, said a 21-year old bought the beer and gave it to an underage companion. He promised to add safeguards against serving minors.

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