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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Sun Staff Writer | December 28, 1994
A task force created after allegations of wrongdoing by the Baltimore liquor board has recommended widespread changes in the agency's practices, including restrictions on potential conflicts of interest by employees.The 11-member panel did not suggest scrapping the patronage system under which inspectors to the Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners, a state agency, are appointed by the city's state senators.But state law should be changed to spell out that inspectors be forbidden to solicit or receive political contributions, the task force said.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
Of Love & Regret, Brian Strumke's upcoming bar in Brewer's Hill, got an endorsement from the Baltimore Liquor Board Thursday. The board conditionally approved the bar's liquor license, pending a meeting with the Canton Community Association. Of Love & Regret is a creative and business collaboration between Stillwater founder Brian Strumke and Ted Stelzenmuller, chef and co-owner of restaurant Jack's Bistro in Canton, and is expected to open some time this Spring.  But the bar's license wasn't the most watched portion of Thursday board meet.
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 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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