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Businesses accused of underage alcohol sales

March 04, 2009

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

The sales occurred during a period of several days in December 2008 and January 2009, according to officers from the Hagerstown Police Department.

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

o El Ranchero, 1580 Wesel Blvd.

o The Friendly Cafe, 231 W. Franklin St.

o Hong Kong Restaurant, 1075 Virginia Ave.

o Texas Roadhouse, 120 S. Edgewood Drive

o West End Pub and Restaurant, 5 Nottingham Road

o Cellar Wine & Spirits, 431 Dual Highway

o Orchid Garden, 1481 Wesel Blvd.

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o Outback Steakhouse, 240 Railway Lane

Robert L. Everhart, liquor board chairman, said the maximum penalty for each business is the loss of its liquor license and a $2,500 fine, but that penalty is rarely imposed.

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

-- Dan Dearth

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