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By Justin Fenton and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
The Baltimore Police Department initiated padlock proceedings Friday on a Northeast Baltimore club where three people were shot last week, the latest in a push by police to curb violence at city businesses. Club Uzo in the 4800 block of Belair Road was served with a padlock notice after 6 p.m., with police citing multiple incidents of violence. The club is just a few blocks from Club 410, which was padlocked by city police last year and whose manager was indicted federally on charges that she was part of a gang conspiracy.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2011
The Black Hole Rock Club in Dundalk is closed, for now. The manager was arrested and charged with selling drugs to customers. Inspectors condemned the barnlike structure and slapped notices on all the doors: "This building is unsafe. " Baltimore County Police Chief James W. Johnson wants to go further - padlocking the doors to ensure that the club stays closed for up to one year. The county's "padlock law" gives the police extraordinary power in certain cases to lock the doors of an establishment, though the tactic has not been used there in at least 15 years.
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By PETER HERMANN and PETER HERMANN,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | September 12, 2008
The Linden Bar and Liquors on West North Avenue and Jimmy's Carryout on East Hoffman Street are similar in many ways. Neither establishment has windows. Both occupy stretches of Baltimore real estate that residents, officials and everyone else gave up on long ago. The stores are a necessity in neighborhoods abandoned by other merchants, but also contributors to neighborhood blight. And both establishments, according to city police, once welcomed drug dealers and their guns as much as they did the customers and their cash.
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By Justin Fenton and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 26, 2010
The Baltimore Police Department initiated padlock proceedings Friday on a Northeast Baltimore club where three people were shot last week, the latest in a push by police to curb violence at city businesses. Club Uzo in the 4800 block of Belair Road was served with a padlock notice after 6 p.m., with police citing multiple incidents of violence. The club is just a few blocks from Club 410, which was padlocked by city police last year and whose manager was indicted federally on charges that she was part of a gang conspiracy.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | June 17, 2009
On Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m., Chang K. Yim rolled down the two corrugated metal doors to his liquor store on North Avenue and secured each with locks. Doing the work himself and a half-hour before deadline, he avoided the spectacle of his store being padlocked by a police commander with television cameras rolling. This was the first test of police enforcing the city padlock ordinance that allowed Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III to keep Linden Bar and Liquors in Reservoir Hill closed for up to a year.
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By Raymond L. Sanchez and Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff | April 30, 1991
Police Commissioner Edward V. Woods smiled broadly as he hung up a sign proclaiming that the house on East 30th Street, which has been linked to drug trafficking, was being closed under the city's 1986 padlock law.It was the first time the city had successfully used the padlock law, police said.But the owner of the home at 719 E. 30th, Rita Curreri, 40, promises to come back. Curreri, who has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession charges, must leave the residence for one year beginning May 13. She was placed on two years' probation.
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March 11, 1993
* Dayton: 3900 block of Ten Oaks Road: Someone pried a padlock from a garage between Feb. 28 and March 9.
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April 24, 1995
POLICE LOG* Long Reach: 6100 block of Tamar Drive: Someone removed a padlock from a construction trailer and took a radio and phone between Wednesday and Thursday, police said.
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January 20, 1997
Police logWest Friendship: Quarterfield Drive and Folly Quarter Road: A padlock was cut from the door of a construction trailer Wednesday or Thursday, and tools were stolen.Pub Date: 1/20/97
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February 13, 1996
Police logFulton: 8500 block of Pindell School Road: A rear sliding window was pried at a residence between Feb. 3 and Feb. 8. Jewelry and an unknown amount of cash were stolen. A padlock also was pried off an adjacent storage shed, but nothing was missing.
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November 17, 2009
Ultralounge declared 'public nuisance'; police could padlock it for up to a year 3 Violence linked to the Suite Ultralounge, in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel, has made the business a public nuisance, a Baltimore administrative hearing officer found Monday. That clears the way for police to padlock the club for up to a year. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said no action will be taken until Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has an opportunity to read the hearing examiner's written decision, which should occur "within a week."
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November 17, 2009
Violence linked to the Suite Ultralounge, in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel, has made the business a public nuisance, a Baltimore administrative hearing officer found Monday. That clears the way for police to padlock the club for up to a year. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said no action will be taken until Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III has an opportunity to read the hearing examiner's written decision, which should occur "within a week." As an alternative, Guglielmi said, the law provides an option for the club's owners to submit a proposed "public safety plan."
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | October 21, 2009
Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III is seeking to padlock Suite Ultralounge, a troubled nightclub in the basement of the historic Belvedere Hotel, calling it a public nuisance and linking it to a spate of shootings and other crime over the past year. "The violence that took place is no secret to anybody," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "It's been on our naughty list for some time." The move comes two months after a Circuit Court judge overturned a liquor board decision from last year ordering the club's license revoked, saying newly devised rules governing so-called bottle clubs, in which patrons bring their own alcohol, needed to be clarified and revised.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | August 8, 2009
It's 3 p.m. at Shirley's Honey Hole, a neighborhood bar in East Baltimore, and behind a locked door about 10 men - mostly retirees, all in their 60s and 70s - are sipping Budweisers, Coronas and mixed drinks in red plastic cups, a bottle of fruit juice standing by for refills. Behind the bar are family pictures, white Christmas lights - and a letter from the Baltimore Police Department notifying 60-year-old owner Shirley Barner of the department's intention to shut the business down. Police stipulated three incidents from June, including a shooting on the street outside that left five people injured and one dead, and drugs recovered from people inside and outside the bar. On Friday, Barner's bar became the latest city business that police have identified in recent months as a public nuisance, initiating proceedings to padlock the business until the owners can come up with a safety plan deemed suitable by Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. And like the business owners before her, Barner, an East Baltimore bar owner for 30 years, says police are blaming her for something over which she has no control.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Peter.hermann@baltsun.com | June 17, 2009
On Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m., Chang K. Yim rolled down the two corrugated metal doors to his liquor store on North Avenue and secured each with locks. Doing the work himself and a half-hour before deadline, he avoided the spectacle of his store being padlocked by a police commander with television cameras rolling. This was the first test of police enforcing the city padlock ordinance that allowed Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III to keep Linden Bar and Liquors in Reservoir Hill closed for up to a year.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | March 27, 2009
The owners and operators of Club 410 in Northeast Baltimore urged police Thursday not to shut down their Northeast Baltimore club, saying that they have strict security procedures and that violence outside or sometimes blocks away was out of their control. The club, in the 4500 block of Belair Road, was the subject of the most recent "padlock hearing" by the Baltimore Police Department, which has been seeking to crack down on establishments it believes harbor crime and violence. Manager Tomeka Harris, a law student who represented the club at a hearing at police headquarters, said that of five incidents cited by police, only one took place inside the club, and it was handled by security.
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August 28, 1996
Police logElkridge: 7700 block of U.S. 1: A green 1996 Ford F50, Maryland tags 54D335, was stolen between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday.Ellicott City: 2700 block of Patapsco Valley Road: Someone entered a trailer of Schuster Concrete between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday after cutting a padlock on the metal doors.Ellicott City: 2700 block of Patapsco Valley Road: Someone entered a trailer and took a tamper -- a machine used to compact dirt in trenches -- between 7 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday after cutting a padlock on the trailer.
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May 6, 1994
POLICE LOG* Turf Valley: Someone stole a $100 cement bird bath from the yard of a house in the 900 block of 220th St. sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.* Pasadena: Thieves stole stereo equipment from a truck and a car parked on the lot of Northeast High School Wednesday morning.* Sunset Beach: Someone cut the padlock off an outside door last weekend to break into a home in the 8400 block of Miramar Road and steal $500 worth of tools.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,liz.kay@baltsun.com | September 24, 2008
Korean-Americans protested yesterday a city public nuisance law they feel unfairly targets their businesses, as a judge told the liquor board to review a case involving the first store closed by the rule. In April, the city liquor board decided not to renew the license of Linden Bar and Liquors, in the 900 block of W. North Ave., after hearing community concerns over criminal activity in and around the business, including a homicide inside the store. Yesterday, because of a procedural matter, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge instructed the board to review its decision not to renew Chang K. Yim's tavern license.
NEWS
September 20, 2008
Liquor store failed to secure safety In Peter Hermann's Baltimore Crime Beat column "Shopowner's lawsuit may test the city's padlock law" (Sept. 12), Chang K. Yim, the owner of Linden Bar and Liquors, portrays himself as a victim because his store was ordered padlocked as a result of the persistent problem of drug dealing and violence in and around the store. Any action that damages someone's livelihood has to be taken very seriously, and must be undertaken only as a last resort to end a problem that is hurting many others.
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