Four Howard liquor stores punished

One ordered closed for two days

April 16, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Owners of four Howard County liquor stores were fined — and one also had his liquor license suspended for two days — after clerks sold alcohol to underage police agents sent to test them.

The license for Lark Brown Liquors in the 6500 block of Old Waterloo Road was suspended for two days starting May 7 and fined $750 after police learned that, in addition to selling alcohol to a 20-year-old police "volunteer" who showed her real driver's license on Jan. 7, 2009, licensee Kumudben Patel had sold the business without notifying the Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board. Patel rarely visited the store and no trained manager was regularly on the premises, as is required by law, police said.

Pine Orchard Liquors owners were also fined $750 for a similar violation that occurred June 3, 2009, when a 19-year-old police cadet bought a six-pack of mojitos without showing any identification. Jung-Sun Kim, a licensee, cried when told about the infraction, police said.

Shannon Kim, licensee for Columbia Palace Wine and Spirits, in the 8700 block of Center Park Drive, was fined $500 after a 19-year-old cadet bought alcohol at her store May 28, 2009, and Edward Connolly of Jason's Wine and Spirits in the 9300 block of Baltimore National Pike was fined $250 after a similar sting June 3, 2009. Connolly's fine was lower, according to the written decision, because he has owned the store for 19 years without a violation, and clerks there had refused to sell to underage police cadets on two previous tests, in 2006 and 2007. Connolly said he fired the offending clerk.

larry.carson@baltsun.com

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