State, Balto. Co. officials urge action against Tee-Bee's Place

Parkville establishment, site of fatal stabbing, faces Oct. 1 liquor board hearing

September 18, 2012|By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

A group of state lawmakers and a county councilman are urging the Baltimore County liquor board to take action against a Parkville bar where a security guard was fatally stabbed this month.

In letters, the officials said the board should send a strong message to Tee-Bee's Place on Darlington Drive, where Tavares Jones was killed Sept. 1 while breaking up a fight — the second homicide at the bar this summer. In July, Derrick Gamble was fatally shot there.

The letters were sent by Councilman David Marks, Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, and Dels. Joe Boteler, John Cluster and Eric Bromwell. The liquor board is reviewing the bar's license, and a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 1. Its license could be suspended or revoked, and the establishment could be fined.

In her letter, Klausmeier wrote that the bar has had enough time to address problems and that now, "something must be done."

"In addition to the murders, according to neighbors, there are 'after parties' that move to the parking lot," wrote Klausmeier, who chairs the county's Senate delegation. She added that the parties are "a complete detriment to the neighborhood."

Bar owner Rodney Barnes declined to comment Tuesday.

Tee-Bee's was fined $250 in October 2011 after a fight in which people threw chairs and hit others with pool sticks, liquor board chief administrator Mike Mohler said. In May, it was fined $1,000 after a fight involving a large knife.

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