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Washington County liquor board briefs

October 03, 2007

Ruling expected on tavern within 30 days

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County agreed to decide within 30 days whether a Hagerstown tavern violated the law by serving alcohol to an underage man in August.

The Hayloft Tavern, at 455 Jefferson St., is accused of serving alcohol to the man Aug. 16, Hagerstown police officer Jeffrey Meden said. The man was found lying intoxicated in the street near the bar.

Dustin Knight, owner of the Hayloft, said the man provided a California identification card that showed he was older than 21.

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The Hayloft served the man alcohol, but made him leave after he spit on the bar, Knight said.

If found guilty, the Hayloft could be fined and lose its liquor license.

Board OKs alcohol sales for festival

County liquor officials gave their approval Wednesday to let The Maryland Theatre serve alcohol Oct. 20 during the Downtown Live festival in Hagerstown.

Brian Sullivan, the theater's executive director, told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County that he will fence off the courtyard in front of the theater and serve free alcohol to theater supporters.

"We're not going to make (any money) out of this," Sullivan said. "We just want to thank people who have helped The Maryland Theatre."

People will be admitted by invitation only, he said.

? Dan Dearth

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