Washington County liquor board briefs

October 30, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

Alleged underage sales discussed with tavern, store owners

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, met with representatives from one Hagerstown tavern and two liquor stores Wednesday to discuss incidents in which employees are alleged to have sold alcohol to an underage liquor agent.

The sales occurred Oct. 11 and 14, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Kevin Simmers said.

The following businesses were charged with the illegal sale of alcohol to an underage person:

o Universal Liquors, 33 E. Franklin St.

o Central City Liquors, 401 W. Washington St.

o West End Tavern, 5 Nottingham Road

Each business could lose its liquor license and be ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, said Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman. Those penalties, which are the maximum, are rarely imposed.

Cancun Cantina owners pay fine for loud music

The owners of Cancun Cantina on Dual Highway in Hagerstown paid a $2,500 fine to Washington County liquor officials Wednesday for playing music too loud during an incident in July.


Joe Rouse, co-owner of the nightclub, paid the money to the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board.

Rouse said the management is taking the noise issue very seriously and has hired an off-duty police officer to work at the nightclub on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

"We're doing everything we can," Rouse said. "We want to be a good neighbor to everybody."

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