By MARLO BARNHART
An administrative law judge has upheld a Washington County Gaming Commission decision to fine a local tavern owner and pull the tip jar license as a result of gambling infractions.
In a Wednesday ruling, Judge Dale McCloud upheld fines totaling $27,000 against the New Delmar Inn on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown.
In addition, the tavern's tip jar license has been suspended for 270 days.
"I went out and picked up the license Thursday,'' said Kathy Sterling, gaming commission coordinator.
As a result, the tavern cannot sell tip jars for the next 270 days, even if an appeal is filed, Sterling said. Only a court-ordered stay would affect the license suspension, she said.