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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | June 16, 1994
Lawyers for owners of the building that houses the Glen Burnie News & Video Center Inc. said they will start eviction proceedings against the adult video store within days, but the store has no intention of budging."
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October 12, 2008
Open for business: Today is an opening day of sorts at the $500 million Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole mixed-use development. The anchor Target store is among the first of three dozen shops opening by early next year. Scary stories: Bodies floating near the water treatment plant, an apparition that leaves a bouncing ball as a calling card and a sinister event at the American Legion hall - they're part of the spooky lore shared at the Havre de Grace Haunted History and Ghost Tours, which start this weekend.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | April 13, 1994
An Anne Arundel Circuit Court judge yesterday gave a Glen Burnie community hope that an adult video store will be gone before summer.Judge Martin A. Wolff granted the county's request to force the video store at the corner of Crain Highway and Wilson Boulevard to move out because it is too close to homes.The ruling allows Wilou Associates, the building's owners, to order Glen Burnie News and Video Center Inc. out by the end of May. The center has a month-to-month lease."We are prepared to take whatever action is appropriate to have the tenant removed," said Edwin A. Lechowicz, Wilou's lawyer.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2007
The Pack Shack adult video store in Ellicott City has lost another legal round to Howard County government, but don't look for the long-embattled business to close or move soon. The county's battle to use zoning laws to force the store out of its location on U.S. 40 across from the Normandy Shopping Center started nearly a decade ago, and the store's attorney said he plans to appeal the latest ruling, a hearing examiner's opinion declaring that the store is violating current law. "Of course," was attorney Howard J. Schulman's reply to a question about whether he would appeal.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | January 5, 1995
A Glen Burnie adult video store is expected to close by April 16 for failing to get rid of much of its sexually explicit material, Deputy County Attorney David A. Plymyer said yesterday.Glen Burnie News and Video Center agreed Nov. 17 to reduce sexually explicit material to 20 percent of its merchandise by Dec. 17 to comply with county zoning laws, but county inspectors found last month that about half of the store's merchandise was explicit, Mr. Plymyer said.Under the terms of the agreement, filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, the store in the 600 block of Crain Highway was to get rid of enough adult videos and other sexual merchandise to comply with the county law or be forced to close within 120 days.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | November 18, 1994
A Glen Burnie adult video store has until Dec. 17 to comply with Anne Arundel County laws or it will be forced to close within 120 days, according to an agreement reached yesterday.If the Glen Burnie News and Video Center in the 600 block of Crain Highway is in compliance, it will be able to renegotiate a new lease with the building's owner, Wilou Associates. The store now has a month-to-month lease.The attorneys for the landlord and the store met for about 1 1/2 hours yesterday in Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth's chambers before agreeing.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | August 1, 1993
It's not the exotic dance club advertised as a "House of Latin Fire" that bothers Denise Jeannetta. It's not even the prostitutes in skin-tight vinyl jeans who cruise the median strip a quarter-mile from her home.But when a discount adult video store opened at the entrance to her East Baltimore neighborhood, Ms. Jeannetta decided it was time to fight back.Her neighbors in Armistead Gardens, a tidy working-class community off Pulaski Highway and Erdman Avenue, also shuddered at the arrival of a shop specializing in sex, titillation and videotapes.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN REPORTER | October 19, 2007
The Pack Shack adult video store in Ellicott City has lost another legal round to Howard County government, but don't look for the long-embattled business to close or move soon. The county's battle to use zoning laws to force the store out of its location on U.S. 40 across from the Normandy Shopping Center started nearly a decade ago, and the store's attorney said he plans to appeal the latest ruling, a hearing examiner's opinion declaring that the store is violating current law. "Of course," was attorney Howard J. Schulman's reply to a question about whether he would appeal.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1998
Upholding a zoning violation notice, the Howard County Board of Appeals last night ordered an adult video store in Elkridge to shut down its operation.The five-member board unanimously agreed with county officials that Adult Video & Books in the 7400 block of U.S. 1 was a retail establishment operating in the wrong zoning district and was not a target of a recently approved ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses."This was a violation before the statute, and it's a violation after the statute," said board member Donald Messenger.
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October 12, 2008
Open for business: Today is an opening day of sorts at the $500 million Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole mixed-use development. The anchor Target store is among the first of three dozen shops opening by early next year. Scary stories: Bodies floating near the water treatment plant, an apparition that leaves a bouncing ball as a calling card and a sinister event at the American Legion hall - they're part of the spooky lore shared at the Havre de Grace Haunted History and Ghost Tours, which start this weekend.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2001
A Halethorpe adult video store faces $68,200 in fines from Baltimore County for allegedly violating zoning laws aimed at restricting such outlets from residential neighborhoods. Operators of Southwest Video, 5648 Southwestern Blvd., claim the law is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. The two-year battle between the store and the county has made its way through federal court, where U.S. District Judge Frederic N. Smalkin ruled last year that the county law is constitutional.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1999
Baltimore County has been slapped with three suits by adult video store operators who say that a new county law forcing them to move is unfair and illegal.The suits, filed by operators of stores in Towson and Essex and a countywide chain, allege that the law restricting adult video stores to manufacturing districts amounts to censorship. The law took effect in March."The Baltimore County Adult Entertainment Law is vague, ambiguous, overly broad and lacking in standards so as to be subject to manipulation for purposes of censorship," according to the suit filed recently in U.S. District Court in Baltimore by Allno Enterprises Inc., the operator of 104 Video Adult Sales and Gifts, which is across from a Catholic church in the 1700 block of Eastern Blvd.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1998
Upholding a zoning violation notice, the Howard County Board of Appeals last night ordered an adult video store in Elkridge to shut down its operation.The five-member board unanimously agreed with county officials that Adult Video & Books in the 7400 block of U.S. 1 was a retail establishment operating in the wrong zoning district and was not a target of a recently approved ordinance regulating sexually oriented businesses."This was a violation before the statute, and it's a violation after the statute," said board member Donald Messenger.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1998
Baltimore County's adult video store owners and tattoo artists say they would be ruined, but the County Council is set to vote tonight on a bill that would keep such businesses out of the county's commercial corridors.The bill, limiting adult entertainment to industrially zoned land, is the latest effort by a suburban area to restrict adult-oriented businesses seen as hurtful to residential neighborhoods. Howard County recently passed a similar law.The council also is set to vote on a separate measure to regulate new cellular phone towers, an effort some rural residents say is too weak to protect their areas from what they see as a needless intrusion.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1998
Baltimore County officials want to confine adult book and video stores to the county's sparse heavy manufacturing zones, along with new tattoo and massage parlors, in an effort to shield older commercial areas from decline.The proposal, to be introduced at the County Council session Tuesday night, also would keep such businesses at least 1,000 feet from any home, school, place of worship, park or library, and would keep those stores at least 2,500 feet from other similar businesses.Its introduction comes weeks after adoption of a similar, but less restrictive, law in Howard County and reflects fears that stores shunned in Howard or elsewhere might move to such places as Essex or Arbutus.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 8, 1998
In the two years that Adrian Mihaescu has run Glenelg Video in the western part of Howard County, he never had to defend his decision to stock a small room in the back with dozens of sexually-explicit videos.Now, however, a single complaint could change that.A law passed last week to restrict adult entertainment businesses in the county fails to specify where the line is drawn between a mainstream video store that sells or rents some sexually-explicit videos and a full-fledged adult video store.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 16, 1998
Baltimore County's adult video store owners and tattoo artists say they would be ruined, but the County Council is set to vote tonight on a bill that would keep such businesses out of the county's commercial corridors.The bill, limiting adult entertainment to industrially zoned land, is the latest effort by a suburban area to restrict adult-oriented businesses seen as hurtful to residential neighborhoods. Howard County recently passed a similar law.The council also is set to vote on a separate measure to regulate new cellular phone towers, an effort some rural residents say is too weak to protect their areas from what they see as a needless intrusion.
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By Deidre McCabe and Deidre McCabe,Staff writer | September 23, 1991
After touring an adult video store and peep show in Annapolis, County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks, D-Glen Burnie, said he's more committed than ever to ousting a Glen Burnie video store from a residential neighborhood.Middlebrooks said he will seek restricted parking and increased lighting in areas closest to the Paradise One adult video store on Crain Highway in the hopes of drying up business."People who come to these places like to hide in the shadows," hesaid, explaining why brighter lights directed at the video store might decrease its trade.
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November 2, 1997
If you don't like the Pack Shack, don't go thereI have finally run out of patience for reading article after article about various groups trying to legislate or harass the Pack Shack adult video store in Ellicott City out of existence.It seems to me that it would be very easy to accomplish this task and the store could be gone by Christmas.How? Just don't go there!If no one from the community found the need to purchase any of the Pack Shack's merchandise, the store would go out of business quickly and quietly, and we would all be free of this problem.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Robert Guy Matthews contributed to this article | April 5, 1995
The Baltimore City Council came out squarely against smut last night and approved banning adult video stores from virtually every neighborhood shopping district.Under an ordinance that was rapidly and unanimously endorsed by the council, X-rated video stores would be restricted to heavy commercial districts or The Block, the legendary red-light district in downtown Baltimore.The legislation targets stores that specialize in sexually explicit videos, not corner video parlors that offer mainly family films but also include a selection of adult videos.
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