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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.
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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.
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 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.
NEWS
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.
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.
NEWS
By Brent Jones | brent.jones@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 22, 2010
The city liquor board last night handed down a five-day liquor license suspension to a strip club on The Block after a dancer in the bar was found guilty of fondling the genitalia of a male patron. Mouse Trap II, on the 400 block of E. Baltimore Street, was additionally fined $2,250. A liquor board inspector testified at the hearing that he saw a dancer with her hand inside the unzipped pants of a man on July 12. The club was also fined for selling to an underage patron that same night.
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 | 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.
EXPLORE
BY ERIKA BUTLER, ebutler@theaegis.com | September 15, 2011
Surprise! Or not. Rocker Bret Michaels played a private party Wednesday night at The Mallet in Fallston, but the operators of the restaurant failed to notify the county liquor control board, which admittedly upset the board when it learned about the party earlier in the day. Michaels appeared at the surprise party for the wife of one of Harford County's more prominent and well connected land developers, Michael Euler, at an establishment whose...
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