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July 17, 2009

Clubs, store penalized for underage drinking

The city liquor board penalized three strip clubs Thursday on The Block for underage drinking and indefinitely suspended the license of a West Baltimore liquor store for repeatedly selling alcohol to minors. Mouse Trap II, at 406 E. Baltimore St., and Plaza Saloon, at 404 E. Baltimore St., were both fined $3,000, while Circus Bar, at 427 E. Baltimore St., was fined $500. Liquor board commissioners also ordered the owner of Wonderland Discount Liquors, in the 2000 block of Pennsylvania Ave., to sell its liquor license within six months. It was the fourth underage violation in three years for Wonderland, which will stay open pending an appeal in Baltimore Circuit Court.

- Brent Jones

Man dies after crash on Route 3 exit ramp

Anne Arundel County police were attempting to locate the relatives of a man who died Thursday afternoon after he lost control of his car while on an exit ramp in Millersville and crashed into several trees. The lone occupant of the car, believed to be in his early to mid-30s, was thrown from the car and pronounced dead at the scene by medics. About 5 p.m., the man was driving a Honda Civic south on Route 3 when he entered a ramp to go west on Route 32. The car left the road, went down an embankment and crashed into trees, police said. Police are investigating.

- Richard Irwin

Police seek two in fatal shooting at Fullerton store

Baltimore County police are seeking two men in the fatal shooting of a man inside a Fullerton liquor store Thursday night. Cpl. Mike Hill, a police spokesman, said police from the Parkville precinct responding to a report of a shooting inside Putty Hill Liquors at the Putty Hill Plaza Shopping Center in the 7900 block of Belair Road about 9 p.m. found the victim lying on the floor. Hill said the man, whose name and affiliation with the store were withheld pending the notification of family members, was pronounced dead at the scene. Hill said it was not known if any money was taken in the incident and that crime technicians were examining the store for evidence.

- Richard Irwin State GOP granted extension on Steele funds repayment

The Maryland State Board of Elections granted a 45-day extension to the state Republican Party, which had been ordered to repay $77,500 in contributions from Michael S. Steele, the former lieutenant governor and now national GOP chairman. The Republican State Central Committee, pointing to "a number of serious internal matters," asked for more time to respond to the agency, which found that contributions from Steele's campaign account, mostly used to pay legal bills, exceeded the allowable limit or were improperly recorded.

- Laura Smitherman

Fire damages vacant building at Childrens Home

A multiple-alarm fire on the grounds of the Childrens Home in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville on Thursday night extensively damaged an unoccupied 80-year-old building, authorities said. The cause of the fire is under investigation. There were no injuries. Reported about 9 p.m., the fire went to two alarms and brought apparatus from several fire stations to the scene. At the height of the fire, flames and smoke broke through the roof and entered the attic of the two-story brick building that once housed teenage boys. The fire was brought under control in less than an hour. The complex was once known as the German Orphans Home.

- Richard Irwin Police officer, 2 others are shot in Greenbelt

Prince George's County police say an off-duty U.S. Capitol Police officer and two others were shot Thursday night in an incident in an apartment complex across from NASA. County police spokesman Officer Devan Baxter said the officer and a suspect were shot, and a 12-year-old girl who was in an apartment suffered a graze wound from a stray bullet. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Baxter said the shooting happened after an argument between two roommates, one of whom is a military police officer at nearby Fort Myer. The officer's roommate grabbed the officer's weapon and began firing in the parking lot. Baxter said the Capitol Police officer pulled into the parking lot, saw the shooting and shot at the man.

- Associated Press

Juvenile services head questions GPS monitors

Maryland's secretary of juvenile services said Thursday that he has "hard questions" about GPS technology the state sunk $1 million into last year to monitor juvenile offenders. The comments by Donald W. DeVore come amid reports that 17-year-old Lamont Davis, accused of firing an errant shot that critically wounded a 5-year-old girl, was wearing one of the monitoring devices at the time of the incident and had not cut it off, as the state agency previously said. Davis was located and arrested two days after the shooting.

- Justin Fenton

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