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By DAN DEARTH | December 13, 2008
A liquor store in downtown Hagerstown temporarily lost its liquor license Thursday after two employees were charged with using the store as a front to sell cocaine, according to a press release from the Washington County Task Force. Task Force agents and members of the Hagerstown Police Department, armed with a search warrant, went Thursday to Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St., after two employees were accused of selling more than an ounce of cocaine to a confidential informant and an undercover narcotics agent earlier this month, the release said.
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By DAN DEARTH | February 6, 2008
HAGERSTOWN -- About 20 people were on hand Wednesday when Washington County's liquor board met to oppose a couple's request to open a liquor store in the Stone House Square shopping center on Md. 60. Many of those who attended the hearing were Hagerstown liquor store owners, who told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that allowing another liquor store would saturate the market and might create...
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April 15, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- The owner of Captain Benders Tavern and Antietam Cafe in Sharpsburg said Wednesday he plans to close the tavern side of the business and open a liquor store in its place. The Antietam Cafe restaurant would remain open and would continue to serve wine, owner Mark Svrcek said Svrcek proposed the changes Wednesday at a meeting of the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board. He said he decided to close the tavern, at 111 East Main St., in part due to complaints from neighbors.
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By DAN DEARTH | April 29, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County liquor officials on Wednesday gave the new owner of the former Merlin's Tavern in Hagerstown permission to convert the business into a liquor store. Lucktinny Soeung said after a meeting with the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, he intends to close the business this week to make renovations and reopen in about a month. "We'll have a carryout -- no bar," Soeung said. He said he intends to name the business Summit Liquors.
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By HEATHER KEELS | August 25, 2007
The Hagerstown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday night at Potomac Wine and Spirits at 725 Potomac Ave. The store is near the intersection of Potomac and Fairground avenues in Hagerstown. A man entered the liquor store about 9 p.m., displayed a knife and demanded money, police said. No one was injured, police said. It was undetermined how much cash was taken, police said. The man was seen fleeing the area south after leaving the store.
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January 5, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A man who claimed to have a weapon assaulted a liquor store clerk and stole money Wednesday evening, Hagerstown Police said. The robbery happened at about 7:35 p.m. at Potomac Liquors on South Potomac Street, police said. A man entered the store and assaulted the clerk. During the assault, the man claimed to have a weapon and demanded money, police said. The man fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money, running east on Lee Street, police said. Police said the clerk, whom they did not identify, was not hurt.
NEWS
December 12, 2008
A liquor store in downtown Hagerstown temporarily lost its liquor license Thursday after two employees were charged with using the store as a front to sell cocaine, according to a press release from the Washington County Task Force. Task Force agents and members of the Hagerstown Police Department, armed with a search warrant, went to Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St. Thursday, after two employees were accused of selling more than an ounce of cocaine to a confidential informant and an undercover narcotics agent earlier this month, the release said.
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By DAN DEARTH | February 28, 2008
The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County denied a Hagerstown man's request to open a liquor store near the intersection of Robinwood and John F. Kennedy drives. The liquor board made its decision last week, saying in a letter that Ronnie Jiang failed to provide sufficient evidence that a liquor store was needed at the intersection. Jiang has 30 days to appeal.
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By DAN DEARTH | February 7, 2008
HAGERSTOWN - About 20 people were on hand Wednesday when Washington County's liquor board met to oppose a couple's request to open a liquor store in the Stone House Square shopping center on Md. 60. Many of those who attended the hearing were Hagerstown liquor store owners, who told the Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, that allowing another liquor store would saturate the market and might create a...
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 17, 2009
A man's plan to open a restaurant and liquor store on Wesel Boulevard drew opposition Wednesday. Pat Amatucci, who owns the Burhans Station restaurant in Hagerstown, said the new shop will be called Wesel Blvd. Food & Liquors and will have about 30 seats. Amatucci hopes it will open by September, he said. Some people spoke against the plan at Wednesday's meeting of the Washington County Board of License Commissioners, which is known as the liquor board. One was Gary Greenwald of Halfway Liquors, who said the community already has three stores within a mile-and-a-half where people can buy alcohol to take home.
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