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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | December 17, 1994
Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III wielded his political ax on the county liquor board yesterday, replacing two of the three full-time board members, including Chairman Charles E. Norton Jr.Philip R. Leyhe Jr., a member since 1979, became the new chairman. The two new members are Simon Jarosinski, 72, Mr. Ruppersberger's campaign treasurer and a former alternate ,X board member, and Richard Rudolph, 78, retired owner of a Towson shoe store and a current alternate board member.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2012
Of the seven charges against Dubai nightclub at the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday, it was the accusation the club allowed guests to smoke pot that piqued commissioner Elizabeth Smith. On September 2 of last year, police officer Stephen Wilson was called to the club, the former Velvet Rope , for crowd control after rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana had performed. Wilson "walked into a visible cloud of smoke that had a strong odor of marijuana," he told the board.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Scott Higham and Eric Siegel and Scott Higham,Sun Staff Writers Staff writer Norris P. West contributed to this article | April 1, 1994
A city grand jury is investigating the Baltimore liquor board, following claims that inspectors took bribes from Block bar owners and that a board member was a secret partner in one of the tawdry dance clubs, according to court records and interviews.The grand jury has subpoenaed thousands of documents from the board, a state agency. It demanded the personnel files of employees who inspected the clubs between Jan. 1, 1990 and Jan. 14, 1994 -- the day state troopers hit The Block in a highly publicized drug raid.
NEWS
December 1, 1991
The county Liquor Control Board has denied a request by the owners of the Bay City Market to sell beer and wine at their Havre de Grace shop.In making the decision, issued Nov. 20, the board ruled that granting the license would violate a state regulation requiring establishments that sell liquor to be at least 500 feet apart.The Bay City Market is located at 200 Congress St. Danny's Food Market at 137 N. Washington St., is about two blocks from Bay City Market.Bay City owners Clarence and Julia Riley were seeking an "off-sale" license.
NEWS
By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2010
The city liquor board on Thursday fined two clubs on The Block after a man was found to have exposed himself in one and a dancer fondled the genitals of a patron in the other. Circus Bar at 427 E. Baltimore St. was fined $3,000 after a liquor board inspector said he observed a man with his penis exposed receiving a lap dance from a dancer June 16. The bar's owner testified that he immediately fired the dancer and told the board there was nothing more he could have done to stop the incident.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | August 12, 1993
Stanley P. Pianowski, the low-key administrator of the Baltimore County liquor board, has resigned his $37,128 job effective Aug. 20.In a short resignation letter dated Aug. 9, Mr. Pianowski, who has held the job for 10 years, said that it was time for a change and that he had mixed emotions about leaving. Mr. Pianowski, 57, later said he has no new job waiting."It's just for personal reasons," he said. "It's something I've been thinking about for a while."A political appointee, Mr. Pianowski kept a low profile as board administrator, limiting his public comments to board business.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sam Sessa, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
The liquor board Thursday suspended Tiki Barge's license for the month of July — peak season for the floating South Baltimore bar — for disturbing the peace and misleading statements from the bar's lawyer, according to liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman. Since Tiki Barge shares a liquor license with Sorso Cafe and the restaurant Tabrizi's, all three businesses will not be able to serve alcohol for 30 days, pending an appeal. "When one goes, they're all affected," Fogleman said.
NEWS
By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
The Baltimore liquor board on Thursday denied a request to transfer a liquor license to the owner of a gluten free bakery in Remington. Liquor board chairman Stephan Fogleman said during his ruling that the board sees no immediate need for the business. Richard D'Souza, owner of Sweet Sin in the 100 block of W. 27 t h Street, wanted to open a restaurant next door to the bakery and take over a longstanding liquor license designated for that location. But D'Souza's bid was opposed by the Remington Neighborhood Alliance and the Charles Village Civic Association, whose members expressed concern over a likely increase in noise and an influx of Johns Hopkins students if the restaurant serves alcohol till 2 a.m. The Greater Remington Improvement Association supported the transfer.
NEWS
By Brent Jones and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 25, 2010
Baltimore's liquor board on Thursday levied a $3,500 fine on a downtown nightclub after its owner pleaded guilty to security breaches that led to a near riot during a hip-hop concert last month. Police had publicly petitioned to shut down Velvet Rope after that incident on Feb. 25 and a shooting authorities say spawned from a fight inside the club a week later. But Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III and the bar's owner reached an agreement announced at the liquor board hearing, and Velvet Rope will operate under a new security plan and employ valet parking for certain events.
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