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December 8, 1991
A committee appointed by Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-District F, has been debating what revisions to make to a bill he has drafted that would regulate adult bookstores in the county. A revised bill may be proposed next month.Barker says the bill will be aimed at protecting the health of patrons of the shops.The original draft bill states that businesses that would come under the requirements would be those whose "principal business" is thesale or rental of films, books and magazines which depict people in a "state of sexual arousal."
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January 26, 2012
It's become something of a euphemism in American English that the words "adult books" mean something other than what they mean. Even now, most public libraries have a children's book section and an adult book section, yet the notion that adult books refer to a particularly tawdry genre of publications can give the library a section that will cause middle school boys to laugh among themselves. The so-called adult bookstores in Harford County are once again in the spotlight, this time because police spot checks turned up some lewd behavior and a Catholic priest from Towson was among those charged in the incident.
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NEWS
March 8, 1992
A hearing on a bill that would set zoning restrictions for future adult bookstores has been scheduled for 6 p.m. April 7 in the County Council Chambers, Level A of the County Courthouse on Main Street in Bel Air.The bill, introduced last week by Councilman Philip J. Barker, D-Havre de Grace, would exempt the four existing county adult bookstores. Three of the four bookstores are on U.S. 40; one is on U.S. 1 in Fallston.Under the proposal, new adult bookstores would have to operate atleast 1,000 feet from a school, church, day-care center, park or residential area.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2012
A Towson priest has been removed from duty at the Church of the Immaculate Conception after being arrested last week on indecent exposure charges. According to a police report of the incident, Mark Stewart Bullock, 47, was at Bush River Books & Movies, an Abingdon adult store on the 3900 block of Pulaski Highway, the night of Jan. 16, when two deputies, investigating complaints of indecent exposure, discovered him nude from the waist down in a...
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1998
The state's second-highest court dealt a blow yesterday to Anne Arundel County's seven-year effort to control adult bookstores through special zoning.A three-judge panel of the Court of Special Appeals directed that the county's Board of Appeals hold a hearing on a challenge to the zoning law.The appeals court's ruling has to do with whose case is presented first. The court held that the county must present its case first at the hearing because it is trying to show that 2020C West, a bookstore in Parole that has peep shows, is an adult bookstore.
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By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | November 20, 1991
Pornography and homes don't mix, say County Council members, who unanimously approved a bill forcing Arundel's four adult bookstores to move.But the owners of the four stores will sue to challenge the bill, which forbids adult bookstores and peep shows in residential neighborhoods, a county official predicted."
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | April 12, 1992
A bill to regulate adult bookstores merits approval because it wouldend sexual activity in the shops and their parking lots, the county state's attorney said at a public hearing on the measure Tuesday.Harford State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly told the County Council that it should pass the bill because hindering sexual activity at the shops would curb the spread of sexual diseases.Under the proposal, adult bookstore owners and employees would berequired to monitor shops and parking lots for sexual activity.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
Harford's adult bookstores will have to abide by new regulations that govern applying for licenses to operate and policing their shops and parking lots for sexual activity.The new law, passed Tuesday by the County Council, also allows the county to deny licenses to applicants if they or someone they live with have been convicted of certain sexual offenses.The law, passed on a 6-1 council vote, would apply to shops whose principal business consists of selling or renting sexually explicit films or printed material.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff writer | December 8, 1991
A Bel Air lawyer representing four adult bookstores wants the shops exempted from zoning restrictions in a bill a committee is drafting.Jack T. Feldman said the bill, as written, would put two of the shops -- one in Edgewood and another in Havre de Grace -- out of business because they could not meet proposed zoning requirements prohibiting them with 1,000 feet of schools, churches and residential areas."
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By Mark Guidera | December 8, 1991
It seems certain that by mid-January a revised bill to regulate adult bookstores in Harford will surface from a committee that has been struggling with it for several weeks.Chief backers of the bill arenow saying the bill's intent is to protect the public from diseases that could be spread from alleged sexually activity at the shops. Butthe real intent is to end sexual activity bill supporters claim is happening at the shops.However, in the committee's zeal to fashion a bill that would accomplish that end, there are several possible ramifications of the bill which need more review before it's proposed.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | June 30, 2008
For 11 years, Howard County officials and some residents have fought to close the jurisdiction's only adult bookstore. They've passed legislation and waged costly legal battles, only to be thwarted time and again. And now, despite a county law designed to force the Ellicott City store to move away from nearby homes or close, the Pack Shack appears poised to prevail again - maintaining its "Adult Video" sign along a busy stretch of U.S. 40, along with shelves of explicit movies, skimpy lingerie and sex toys.
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By LARRY CARSON and LARRY CARSON,SUN REPORTER | June 18, 2006
Nearly two years after adopting a zoning law regulating adult entertainment stores, Howard County officials have charged the Pack Shack adult bookstore in Ellicott City with three violations. The violation notice renews a nearly nine-year-old struggle in which the county has failed to force the store to move from a prominent spot on U.S. 40 across from the Normandy Shopping Center. The notice gives the store's operators until July 15 to correct the violations, but if history is any guide, the process could involve months, if not years, of legal appeals and hearings.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2004
Howard County planning officials have rejected pleas by church members to more tightly restrict adult bookstore locations in a proposed zoning law. The county Planning Board did not vote on the revised proposal at a meeting yesterday, but it is scheduled to make a recommendation June 9. The issue could then move to the County Council in July. County officials made one minor change to the proposed ordinance, cutting from a year to a month the time businesses would have to comply with new regulations.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 13, 2004
The Howard County Planning Board delayed action last night on recommended changes to a law limiting adult bookstores after hearing impassioned pleas by members of Columbia Presbyterian Church to keep the measure as restrictive as possible. More than 30 church members attended the hearing on proposed changes to the law, which was ruled unconstitutional recently by the Maryland Court of Appeals. Planning Board approval for changes is required before it can be redrawn as a County Council bill.
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By Alec MacGillis and Lisa Goldberg and Alec MacGillis and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2001
The state Court of Special Appeals upheld yesterday a lower court ruling requiring that an Ellicott City adult bookstore be shut down under a 1997 Howard County law that sharply limits sexually oriented businesses. The appeals court rejected arguments by the store, the Pack Shack on U.S. 40, that the county law violated its First Amendment rights. The law, which bars adult businesses from most parts of the county, left the store with a dozen places in the county it could move to and therefore did not violate its free-speech rights, the court ruled, upholding a ruling in May by Circuit Judge James B. Dudley.
NEWS
October 20, 2000
CARROLL COUNTY'S efforts to limit the location of sexually oriented businesses is both belated and foresighted. Belated because many counties have already dealt with the problem, enacting laws and defending them in appeals courts. All of which is a benefit to Carroll in its first crack at the issue. Foresighted because the influx of topless bars and adult bookstores that often follows expanding population has thankfully not yet hit here in full force. The ordinance proposals may not, however, promptly resolve the immediate controversy, a new Eldersburg video store that has an "adults only" section separated from its main retail area.
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By Evening Sun Staff | August 8, 1991
Members of the Harford County Council, prodded by the county prosecutor, are drafting what would be Maryland's first comprehensive law for regulating adult bookstores.The law, which is expected to be introduced in a month or more, is being modeled after an ordinance in Dallas that was challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Dallas ordinance, which also affects other sexually oriented businesses, was amended as a result of the court challenge and has been in force for about a year."Hopefully, they've plowed a lot of ground that we won't have to plow again," said Joseph I. Cassilly, the Harford state's attorney and a Republican candidate to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md.
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By Bruce Reid and Bruce Reid,Evening Sun Staff | September 26, 1991
A Harford County councilman expects to introduce a bill Oct. 8 that would establish Maryland's first comprehensive law for regulating the operation of adult bookstores.The bill, sponsored by Councilman Phillip J. Barker, D-District F, is modeled after a more extensive ordinance in Dallas that regulates adult-oriented businesses and would affect all five adult bookstores in Harford and any new ones.Barker, whose district contains four adult bookstores along the U.S. 40 corridor between Havre de Grace and Edgewood, says his bill is not intended to regulate the types of magazines, videos and other sexually oriented material sold.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 14, 2000
Owners of the Pack Shack, the adult book and video store on U.S. 40 West in Ellicott City will appeal a judge's order that the store close by June 2, said Howard J. Schulman,their attorney."
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2000
The Pack Shack adult book and video store on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City must close by noon June 2, Howard County Circuit Judge James B. Dudley has ruled. The long-awaited decision upholds the county's zoning law limiting adult businesses to commercially zoned areas at least 500 feet from homes, churches, day care centers, schools, parks and public libraries, and no closer than 2,500 feet to another adult store. Dudley ruled that the county law neither violates constitutional guarantees of free speech nor makes it impossible for such stores to operate, noting four to 12 locations in the county where such stores would be legal.
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