Pizza outlet denied an alcohol permit

Jilly's after-hours drinking also draws fine

September 17, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,sun reporter

The beer won't be flowing anytime soon at Ledo's Pizza in River Hill Village Center because the Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board denied a license to Preston S. Welch, who also owns a Ledo's in Montgomery County.

The board found after hearing testimony from Howard County police Detective Martin Johnson that Welch had made repeated false statements to Johnson, made a false statement on his application for the license and has a history of not following Maryland laws.

At the hearing July 18, Johnson testified that Welch said he had never been arrested for anything, although he was arrested May 19, 2006, charged with drunken driving and driving on a suspended vehicle registration. In addition, according to the Sept. 11 written decision, Welch's Montgomery County store was fined three times for selling alcohol to a minor, having no one trained in alcohol awareness on site and illegally storing alcohol without proper invoices.

In another case, the board fined Carman Fee and Wilber Reich $250 for allowing after-hours drinking at their place, Jilly's, 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City.

Reich said he left Jilly's at 1:30 the morning after St. Patrick's Day, and there were no customers, but the bartender's husband was there and when Detective Johnson stopped by after the mandatory closing time, people were playing pool and drinking.

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