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Washington County liquor board briefs

January 07, 2009

Businesses accused of selling alcohol to minors



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 were alleged to have sold alcohol to an underage police agent.

The sales occurred Nov. 14, Hagerstown Police Sgt. Kevin Simmers said.

The following businesses were charged with selling alcohol to an underage person:

o Durango, 12 E. Washington St.

o Market Lot Liquors, 54 W. Church St.

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said each business could face a maximum penalty of losing 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 transfer sought



Washington County liquor officials were considering a proposal to transfer an East Oak Ridge Drive business' liquor license.

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Washington County resident Timothy Sines told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that he is trying to buy South Wine & Spirits at 120 E. Oak Ridge Drive, and needed to know the state's requirements to obtain the transfer.

Sines said he would like to use the license to open a liquor store at the Oak Ridge Terrace business complex near the corner of Oak Ridge Drive and South Potomac Street, which is about one-fourth of a mile from South Pointe.

Sines did not give the reason why he would like to move just a few blocks away, but one of the owners of South Pointe told the liquor board last year that the business was "not in a good location" to sell alcohol.

-- Dan Dearth

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