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Businesses allegedly sold alcohol to minors

April 08, 2009

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

The sales occurred Feb. 21 and 22, according to Sgt. Kevin Simmers and Officer Carroll E. Braun Jr. of the Hagerstown Police Department.

The following businesses were accused of selling alcohol to an underage person:

o JRJ Liquors, 929 Pennsylvania Ave.

o Hot Shots Tavern, 6 N. Mulberry St.

o Bulls & Bears, 38 S. Potomac St.

o Potomac Liquors, 284 S. Potomac St.

o Hayloft Liquors, 571 Jefferson St.

o Roxy Liquors, 761 E. Wilson Blvd.

o El Palenque Cantina, 204 E. Franklin St.

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

The liquor board agreed to make a decision in each cases within 30 days.

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