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November 17, 2009

Ultralounge declared 'public nuisance'; police could padlock it for up to a year

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Violence linked to the Suite Ultralounge, in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel, has made the business a public nuisance, a Baltimore administrative hearing officer found Monday. That clears the way for police to padlock the club for up to a year. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said no action will be taken until Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has an opportunity to read the hearing examiner's written decision, which should occur "within a week." As an alternative, Guglielmi said, the law provides an option for the club's owners to submit a proposed "public safety plan." But it would be up to the commissioner to accept the plan, or reject it and shutter the club. The club's attorney, Peter A. Prevas, could not be reached for comment. Bealefeld has used the padlock law before to force bar and liquor store owners to improve security and police themselves. Suite Ultralounge is a so-called "bottle club," to which patrons bring their own alcohol. Armed robberies, fights, stabbings and a shooting that occurred outside the club last year sparked an outcry from residents and businesses in the Mid-town Belvedere and Mount Vernon neighborhoods. An attempt by the city Liquor Board to revoke the club's license was overturned by a Circuit Court judge.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Tuesday's editions about a truck crash on Route 100 contained incorrect information about the passenger in the vehicle involved in the Nov. 11 accident. Jordan Swick, 19, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening. He was evaluated and released later that evening.
The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

- Frank Roylance

Pasadena teen dies of injuries in truck crash on Route 100

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The teenage driver of a pickup truck involved in a serious accident Wednesday on Route 100 has died, Anne Arundel County police said Monday. Police said Dakota Kelly Alder, 19, of the 7800 block of Dero Drive, Pasadena, died at 4:45 p.m. Friday. Police said Alder was driving west on Route 100 near the Interstate 97 interchange about 2:30 p.m. and lost control of the truck. It struck the guard rail and flipped. Alder was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. A passenger, Jordan Joshua Swick, 19, was taken in critical condition to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said. The preliminary investigation points to speed combined with wet road conditions as contributing factors to the accident, police said.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Meeting tonight on upgrades to Robert E. Lee Park in Baltimore County

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The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss proposed improvements to Robert E. Lee Park, a 415-acre property along Lake Roland that the county leases from the city. Topics include replacement of a pedestrian access bridge, which is under way, as well as development of a dog park and picnic areas. The county received $3 million in state funding and has budgeted an additional $3 million to address upgrades to the park. The meeting will be in the cafeteria of Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road in the Rodgers Forge area. Information: 410-887-3871.

- Mary Gail Hare

Drill to test response of emergency workers

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Emergency workers will simulate the release of a hazardous chemical on a train in a practice exercise in Southwest Baltimore this morning, according to city officials. First responders will practice containing a chemical and extricating a person from a locomotive in a training exercise that is slated to begin about 9 a.m. on the tracks near Washington Boulevard and De Soto Road, officials said. The exercise is part of an emergency preparedness and prevention conference for workers that is taking place in Baltimore this week.

- Julie Scharper

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