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Liquor board briefs from Dec. 12

December 13, 2008

Two businesses charged with underage sales

The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, met Wednesday with representatives from two Hagerstown businesses to discuss incidents in which employees sold alcohol to an underage police agent.

The sales occurred Nov. 10, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Kevin Simmers said.

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

· Oliver's Pub, 1565 Potomac Ave.

· Orchid Garden, 1481 Wesel Blvd.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said each business could face a maximum penalty of loss of its liquor license and be ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, but he said that penalty is rarely imposed.

Everhart said the liquor board would make a decision in each case within 30 days.

Liquor license granted to restaurant near HCC

Washington County liquor officials agreed to grant a liquor license to the owners of a restaurant that is to open in February on the second floor of Rosewood Commons near Hagerstown Community College.

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The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, said it would hold the license for Schula's Grill & Crab House until the restaurant opens.

Schula's Grill & Crab House has no connection with the Shula's restaurant chain.

Rosewood Commons is a new building with several restaurants at 11205 John F. Kennedy Drive.

Sharpsburg restaurant seeks liquor license

Washington County liquor officials said Wednesday they would decide within a few weeks whether to grant a liquor license to the owners of GEGE's Place, a restaurant at 208 S. Church St. in Sharpsburg.

George Hambleton, a co-owner of GEGE's Place, said the restaurant would open around Jan. 1 and sell chicken, pizza, soups and sandwiches.

- Dan Dearth

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