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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The Tiki Barge won't have a twin barge this Spring after all. Owners of the popular and controversial floating barge had planned to build a seafood and raw bar aboard a second barge this Spring, but the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday sided with neighbors who opposed the idea. The decision was a major disappointment for Tiki manager Bud Craven, who was ready to start construction Monday.  "I'm real surprised," Craven said after the hearing. "A lot of time and a lot of money has already been spent on this project.
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Luke Broadwater, Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The new head of the city liquor board has a message for Baltimore's sometimes out-of-control bar scene: The party's over. In its first three months of action, a revamped liquor board — chaired by Thomas Ward, a tough-talking, 87-year-old former judge — already has found nearly 120 bars and liquor stores guilty of violations, significantly more than the previous board did in all of fiscal 2014. Ward's board has closed or revoked eight licenses, as many as in all of the last fiscal year.
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Luke Broadwater, Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The new head of the city liquor board has a message for Baltimore's sometimes out-of-control bar scene: The party's over. In its first three months of action, a revamped liquor board — chaired by Thomas Ward, a tough-talking, 87-year-old former judge — already has found nearly 120 bars and liquor stores guilty of violations, significantly more than the previous board did in all of fiscal 2014. Ward's board has closed or revoked eight licenses, as many as in all of the last fiscal year.
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Jean Marbella, Justin Fenton and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Red-eyed and slurring his words, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps had a blood alcohol level of 0.14, well above the state limit of 0.08, when he was arrested and charged with drunken driving Tuesday morning after leaving the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, according to court documents. Phelps, 29, failed two roadside sobriety tests and was asked to perform a third involving balancing on one leg, according to the documents, but told the officer, "That's not happening. " The swimmer, who returned to competition last year after retiring in 2012 as the most decorated Olympian of all time, is scheduled for trial on Nov. 19 in Baltimore City District Court.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday she's long been frustrated by the city liquor board's dysfunction and is glad its commissioners are pledging reform. "It's frustrating for me, and has been, as a city elected official knowing that the liquor board's principal positions are patronage positions controlled by the state senators. Historically, they've answered very little to the City Council," Rawlings-Blake said after the city's Board of Estimates meeting. "Yet when people call because of a problem at a liquor store, they don't hold the senators or the state responsible.
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By Laura Vozzella | July 22, 2011
City liquor board Chairman Steve Fogleman has a new sideline, as a tennis reporter. Fogleman, who avidly tweets about liquor board business under the handle BaltoBeerBaron , started a new Twitter feed this month under the name Tennis Maryland . Fogleman played tennis as a kid, though never competitively, and has followed professional tennis closely as an adult. On BaltoBeerBaron, he's been mixing tweets about liquor-license transfers with the likes of news on the Williams sisters.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 27, 2009
A recent city audit of the Baltimore liquor board found that the panel did not maintain accurate payroll attendance records, including several instances where full-time inspectors had signed in to work but failed to log out, according to the 15-page report. The report also found that liquor employees were not logging accurate days and hours while working the late-night 311 complaint response phone lines. The audit covered fiscal years June 2005 to June 2007, a period primarily under the jurisdiction of the previous three-person liquor board.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The Baltimore County liquor board has scheduled an Oct. 29 hearing for the Recher Theatre in Towson following a weekend event that drew a raucous crowd. The business was charged under a regulation that says "all licensees shall operate their establishments in such a manner as to avoid disturbing the peace, tranquility, safety, health, and quiet of the neighborhood where located. " Seven people were charged in incidents related to the event on accusations that included disorderly conduct and assault.
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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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Editorial from The Aegis | January 28, 2014
The Harford County Liquor Control Board is unique among government entities in the county. It is established as a function of state law, but its members are appointed by the county executive. It is empowered to both enforce and adjudicate a book of county-specific laws that are enacted by the Maryland General Assembly. It is financially self-sufficient, funded through the license fees paid by the businesses in the county authorized to sell alcoholic beverages. And, considering its range of responsibilities, it is fairly tiny as government agencies go, having an administrator, a secretary, two or three inspectors at any given time and a lawyer on retainer.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
If a hotly debated Federal Hill beer garden were to open in time for Oktoberfest, it would have to do so without the beer. By a 2-1 vote Thursday, Baltimore's liquor board declared invalid a liquor license for Crossbar Der Biergarten, saying it expired in 2009 and the owners would not get a "hardship extension. " "The sale of liquor is a privilege, not a right," said board chairman Thomas Ward, who called past extensions of the proposed bar's license "illegal" decisions that the current board had a "duty to correct.
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June 16, 2014
The Sun makes endorsements for the following races in Baltimore City: District 41 In District 41 in the Northwest reaches of the city, incumbents Samuel "Sandy" Rosenberg, Jill Carter and Nathaniel Oaks, all House veterans, have performed well as a team despite their diverse backgrounds, and they merit reelection. The delegates were critical in the effort to secure $1.1 billion in school construction funds as well as financing for the $2.6 billion Red Line light rail project while protecting homeowners living near the proposed right-of-way from losing their property through eminent domain.
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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 Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
Ze Mean Bean Cafe, a popular Eastern European-styled, Fells Point restaurant, had its liquor license revoked by the city's liquor board Thursday, the board chairman said. Baltimore City Liquor License Board Chairman Steve Fogleman said Thursday evening that the bar had committed two violations - not cooperating with inspectors and serving alcohol without picking up their 2013 liquor license from the board. A chef at the restaurant did not appear at a hearing in front of the board as required, he said.
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September 20, 2011
The Harford County Liquor Control Board has to do better, and usually does, than the nonsense it perpetrated last week. The Mallet, a Fallston restaurant and bar, which so far has apparently followed the rules, shut down its lower level last Wednesday night and rented it out for a private birthday party. The party, hosted and paid for by a prominent Harford County developer as a surprise for his wife, featured a performance by Bret Michaels, an international rock star who in recent years has become just as famous for his reality TV presence.
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By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
The Baltimore liquor board suspended indefinitely the liquor license for the owners of a Northeast Baltimore club already padlocked by city police, according to the board's commissioner. Club 410, in the 4500 block of Belair Road, has been closed since April after police said it posed a "considerable threat to public safety." At a hearing Thursday, liquor board commissioners ordered the club out of the neighborhood and the license returned to its creditor, finding management guilty of allowing underage drinking and live entertainment in January.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
Baltimore's liquor board on Thursday revoked the license of a massive Southeast Baltimore dance club, citing incidents in which a patron was shot on the dance floor and the club's owner released pepper spray into a large crowd while riding on a golf cart. The Voltage club, which billed itself as the city's largest, operated out of an old Greyhound bus terminal in the Baltimore Travel Plaza on O'Donnell Street. Voltage, which has been open for about 16 months, ran afoul of police and the liquor board on consecutive weekends in November and into December.
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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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