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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The chairman of the Baltimore City liquor board will step down from his post to take a position on the Orphans' Court. Stephan Fogleman, who was confirmed Friday by the Maryland State Senate, expects to be sworn in as a judge within the next 30 days. He will serve the remainder of the term and plans to run in the June primary for the next four-year term. Fogleman said he wants to make the experience for families that come before the probate court as smooth as possible, saying "It can be a very difficult time for families.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
Bill Henry paints an unflattering image of the influential state senator he's trying to unseat. Joan Carter Conway, he says, doesn't attend enough community meetings. She has a history of siding with special interests. And, he contends, she has let her powerful committee chairmanship in the General Assembly lead to an inflated view of her significance. "There's this whole culture in Annapolis where these people are treated as though they're tremendously important, and after some time, that goes to their heads," says Henry, 45, a two-term city councilman who is challenging Conway in the Democratic primary in Baltimore's 43rd District.
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By Walter F. Roche Jr. and Scott Higham and Walter F. Roche Jr. and Scott Higham,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1998
State prosecutors have hit the Baltimore Liquor Board with a series of new subpoenas for licensing records of bars and liquor retailers, and the action may relate to a continuing investigation of former Sen. Larry Young.Nathan C. Irby Jr., executive secretary of the board, acknowledged yesterday that subpoenas had been issued by the office of State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli. He declined to provide copies.John C. Poliks, a special agent with the state prosecutor's office, served the subpoenas on the liquor board late last week.
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April 21, 2014
Over the years the residents of Washington Hill have brought back to life a neighborhood on the brink of decay to one that is a thriving, attractive place to live. However, in an effort to support and protect our neighborhood's continued progress and growth, we face a stumbling block created by a loophole in the city's zoning law that continues to impede our progress and harm the citizens of Baltimore. I recently endured a grueling six-and-a-half-hour wait to file a protest against the renewal of a non-conforming Class A establishment's liquor license in our neighborhood.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,sun reporter | September 13, 2006
Baltimore liquor board executive secretary Nathan C. Irby Jr. agreed yesterday to resign from his position as head of the state agency and collect about $40,000 in back pay and benefits rather than proceed with a potentially lengthy appeal in city Circuit Court. The settlement between Irby, a former state senator and city councilman from East Baltimore, and the liquor board was reached minutes before Irby was to challenge his March 24 termination before Circuit Judge Stuart R. Berger. "The net effect of the settlement is that Nathan Irby is no longer the executive secretary of the liquor board," said Gerald Langbaum, an assistant attorney general who represents the city liquor board in legal matters.
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January 6, 1997
IN BALTIMORE CITY, tavern and liquor store owners have long been important cogs in the Democratic machine. At campaign time, they give hefty contributions to the incumbents. In return, the liquor board and its inspectors -- who hold patronage jobs courtesy of sponsoring state senators -- are so chummy with well-connected bar owners that only rarely is any real penalty meted out for improprieties.Powerful state senators run the liquor board as their fiefdom and make no bones about it. They hire cronies and if they suspect disloyalty, have them fired.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2004
The owners of Larry Flynt's Hustler Club were fined $525 by the city liquor board yesterday for violating the prohibition on sexual touching. Owner Jason C. Mohney was facing four charges of violating the city's adult entertainment rules, and the Board of Liquor License Commissioners found him guilty of two. It also reduced his fines by $400. "I realistically thought we would be found not guilty of everything," said Mohney's attorney, Peter Prevas, adding that he was considering an appeal.
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By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,Sun reporter | April 16, 2007
Three new commissioners are poised to take over the city liquor board, a state agency that has been embroiled in controversy in recent years, including review by the state prosecutor and ouster of its executive secretary, a former state senator who battled with past commissioners. The board regulates the sale, storage and distribution of alcoholic beverages in Baltimore. Its new commissioners, Stephan Fogleman, Elizabeth C. Smith and Harvey Jones, met with Gov. Martin O'Malley before their appointments were confirmed recently by the state Senate.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2002
A Michigan company has scaled back the size of its proposed "top-of-the-line" strip club on The Block in an effort to speed approval of the project. The Deja Vu chain has told the city liquor board it plans to keep the current dimensions of the former Custom House Saloon at 18 Custom House Ave. rather than expand that space to nearly 17,000 square feet - far larger than most of The Block's nearly two dozen clubs. The decision to use the prior club's space means the liquor board will not have to hold a public hearing on a request to transfer the liquor and adult entertainment licenses to Deja Vu. Instead, an informal "conference" will be held tomorrow at City Hall.
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By Brent Jones | March 21, 2008
The city liquor board yesterday revoked the license for Sugar Hill Tavern in the 2300 block of Druid Hill Ave., citing drug activity within the bar and a significant number of violations for underage drinking. More than a dozen police reports since July have been filed about that establishment, the liquor board said. Most of the allegations concerned drug sales between patrons, according to Stephan Fogleman, chairman of the liquor board, the state agency that regulates bars and adult entertainment venues in the city.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Baltimore's liquor board commissioners said Wednesday they've hired an experienced administrator to run the troubled agency. Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the town administrator of Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, will become the first woman to head Baltimore's liquor board in its 80-year history, commissioners said. Bailey-Hedgepeth is scheduled to start work as the agency's executive secretary, as the position is known, by June 1. She replaces Samuel T. Daniels Jr., the board's longtime executive secretary, who announced his retirement last year.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
The city liquor board has agreed to let the owner of Club Voltage keep his liquor license, reversing an earlier ruling, on the condition that he not open a bar at the same Southeast Baltimore location. The Board of Liquor License Commissioners said Thursday that owner Louis J. Principio III could keep the potentially lucrative license as long as he does not use it at the site of the huge dance club at the Baltimore Travel Plaza on O'Donnell Street. The board revoked the license in March after complaints about the club inside the old Greyhound bus terminal, including a Dec. 2 shooting on the dance floor.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
The chairman of the Baltimore City liquor board will step down from his post to take a position on the Orphans' Court. Stephan Fogleman, who was confirmed Friday by the Maryland State Senate, expects to be sworn in as a judge within the next 30 days. He will serve the remainder of the term and plans to run in the June primary for the next four-year term. Fogleman said he wants to make the experience for families that come before the probate court as smooth as possible, saying "It can be a very difficult time for families.
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By Erin Cox and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
Following a scathing audit that revealed widespread mismanagement and spotty enforcement by Baltimore's liquor board, state lawmakers are poised to approve emergency changes to reshape the troubled agency. Bills that advocates say would reform the liquor board — requiring that all records be posted online and granting the city government more control — passed the House of Delegates Monday and garnered initial approval in the Senate on Tuesday. "This would be the largest overhaul of Baltimore City's liquor board since Prohibition," said Sen. Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat who was one of five state lawmakers who helped craft the bills in response to last year's audit.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
Cases involving establishments that may have been operating in violation of city liquor laws, outside the parameters of their specific license or without a proper license at all are among the hearings listed on the Sept. 26 docket of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City. Among the establishments scheduled for hearings on Sept. 26 are Canton's Portside Tavern , where after-hours drinking allegedly took place on April 7, Phillips Seafood , which was allegedly operating without a valid license on May 7 and The Chesapeake , which was observed providing outdoor table service on July 19 and 20 (Artscape weekend)
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
Joseph G. "Bodie" Finnerty Jr., a highly regarded trial lawyer who headed DLA Piper's litigation department and oversaw expansion of the firm to Philadelphia and New York City, died Thursday of Alzheimer's disease at Copper Ridge assisted-living facility in Sykesville. The former longtime Guilford resident was 76. "Joe was an outstanding lawyer and was the firm's heavy lifter and go-to guy. It is no wonder that he became its top litigator," said J. Joseph Curran Jr., former Maryland attorney general.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1996
State Sen. John A. Pica Jr. promised yesterday to introduce legislation that would expand the power of the Baltimore liquor board, which had its authority cut this week by Maryland's highest court."
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF | November 3, 1995
The new owner of the Harbor House restaurant will be allowed by the city liquor board to expand into a vacant clothing store on Prince George Street and to retain a 2 a.m. liquor license, despite protests from a lawyer who claims the board does not have the authority to grant those approvals.The city liquor board voted 3-1 Wednesday night to approve the expansion, saying the city charter gives it the power to approve expansion and transfer licenses.Harry Blumenthal, an Annapolis attorney who represents MKB Management in Lanham, disagrees.
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By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2011
In Federal Hill, the bars are growing — expanding into adjacent buildings and drawing more rowdy crowds than ever — but so are the complaints from the neighborhood. A group of Federal Hill residents say the bars have gone too far, and they have sought to shut four of them down this month alone. "It's mayhem down here," said Beth Hawks, who has run the Federal Hill boutique Zelda Zen for the past nine years. "The bars have become mega bars. … It was never like this. " Both camps say they have the upscale neighborhood's best interests at heart.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2010
The city Liquor Board voted in favor of renewing the restaurant Milan's liquor license Thursday night, despite some objections from Little Italy residents. A few voiced concerns over loud noise, parking problems and garbage, but the major issue that would have led the board to revoke the restaurant's license was whether it had been using outside promoters. The restaurant explicitly agreed not to use outside promoters when the liquor board approved its license in July, board records show.
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