MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF LICENSE COMMISSIONERS
OF CECIL COUNTY
The Board of License Commissioners of Cecil County met in a regular session at the County Administrative Building, Conference Room, 200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Elk Room, Elkton, MD on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at 9:15 A.M.
PRESENT: Herrell 'Cuz' Curry, Commissioner
William Gerweck, Commissioner
H. Norman Wilson, Jr., Esquire Earl R. Bradford, Chief Alcohol Beverage Inspector
Robin Coyle, Administrative Assistant
EXCUSED: Tim Snelling, Chairman
TRANSFER - Application received from Thomas P. Knight, 15 South Main Street, Port Deposit, MD 21904 for transfer of Class "B" Beer, Wine & Liquor Alcoholic Beverage License No. B-20 from David Warren Heckscher, President; James A. Monroe; Todd Patterson Stewart; Davroe, Inc., T/A Jacob Marley's At The Winchester, 15 South Main Street, Port Deposit, MD 21904 Thomas Knight appeared before the Board; he was duly sworn by the Clerk. The fully executed application packet with proper fees included: signatures of 10 registered voters and property owners in District 7-1; Alcohol Awareness Training; Certification Form; Worker's Compensation and a copy of the zoning certificate stating the premises is zoned for an alcoholic beverage license. Mr. Wilson read the public notice and stated it was duly advertised on October 13 and 20, 2010 in the Cecil Whig; he asked the applicant several questions from the application. Mr. Knight stated he plans to lease the building, a copy of the lease management agreement has been supplied to the Board. With no further questions from the Board; Commissioner Gerweck made a motion to approve the transfer conditioned upon the tax issued being settled; Commissioner Curry seconded that motion and the Board then voted unanimously to approve the transfer of the license conditioned the tax issue being settled.
VIOLATION – Underage Sales - Amy Lynn Charles, Owner; Katina Shae Knox, Owner; Slacker's Inc., T/A Drunk Monkey, 989 E. Pulaski Highway, Elkton, MD 21921 Brian Davis, manager of The Drunk Monkey appeared before the Board with head bouncer, Andrew Wooden. Chief Inspector Bradford, Inspectors Bielert, Odell and Reynolds, as well as Davis and Wooden were duly sworn by the Clerk. Chief Bradford gave an overview of the events that occurred at the Drunk Monkey. Mr. Wilson called Inspector Bielert to take the stand: Mr. Wilson: State your name Inspector Bielert: Dawn Bielert Mr. Wilson State your occupation as it pertains to the Cecil County Liquor Board Inspector Bielert Inspector for the Cecil County Liquor Board Mr. Wilson Did you have occasion to meet with Chief Bradford on September 17 and review events and photos of the Drunk Monkey? Inspector Bielert Yes Mr. Wilson Describe the events at the Drunk Monkey Inspector Bielert I was sitting at the bar with Inspector Odell to my left and there was space on my right, the stool was pushed down some for Anthony Trombetta to stand and order a Jack and Coke; I observed him order the drink, the bartender prepare the drink and hand it to Anthony; I observed Anthony taking a Jagerbomb from a tray, I did not observe him drinking the Jagerbomb. Mr. Wilson How did you recognize Anthony Trombetta? Inspector Bielert From the photos we saw in the office and his tattoo Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Davis if he had any questions for Inspector Bielert; he stated he doesn't dispute that those events occurred, Anthony did consume alcohol; he only had one thing to say and that is Anthony used a fake ID; Mr. Wilson stated again, questions only; Mr. Davis stated he had none; the Board had no questions for Inspector Bielert either. Mr. Wilson then called Inspector Odell to testify. Mr. Wilson: State your name your occupation as it pertains to the Cecil County Liquor Board Inspector Odell Stephen Odell, Inspector Mr. Wilson What did you observe? Inspector Odell I observed him drinking a Jagerbomb, I think the band paid for, I didn't see him drink the Jack and Coke. Mr. Wilson Did you have anything to do with determining his age or did you get that information from Chief Bradford? Inspector Odell Mostly from Chief Bradford, but not really, he just looked really young. Mr. Wilson asked if Trombetta was subpoenaed and Chief Bradford stated he was subpoenaed; Commissioner Curry stated charges should be filed against Trombetta; Chief Bradford stated he was issued a summons that was filed with District Court. Mr. Wilson asked Brian Davis if he had anything to say; Mr. Davis stated he does know Anthony, he's been in several times and because he looks so young, he has been carded numerous times; he stated Anthony has a fake ID. He stated there is a Philly Print Shop that is set up in a van on Elkton Road in the rundown shopping center on Saturday mornings; he explained that they talk to the kids and keep the information the similar to their information; Brian Davis would be Brian Davisson; they keep the same birthday and change the year. Mr. Wilson first asked Mr. Wooden his name and he stated Andrew Wooden, head bouncer at the Drunk Monkey; Mr. Wilson asked if he had anything to add; Mr. Wooden stated he knows Anthony and has carded him several times. Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Davis how old are the bartenders? He answered 29 and 30; there was Nick who was 21 and caused the first violation. Inspector Reynolds asked about Ashley, he said Mr. Wilson asked what the ages of your bartenders are and Brian stated she's the daytime bartender and she's around 21, I wasn't even thinking of her. Mr. Wilson asked Mr. Davis if he uses the Identification Roster provided by the Board; Mr. Davis stated he doesn't even know what that is. Mr. Wilson presented him with a copy of the Identification Roster and explained how to use it. Mr. Davis stated he has never seen it; Ms. Coyle stated it is sent with the license each year at renewal time.
BOARD DECISION: Guilty – 12 day suspension effective immediately and $250 proceedings cost.
General Business ·
Approve Minutes The minutes from the September 29, 2010 meeting were approved.
Specials Old Business New Business
Patriot's Glen – Chief Bradford stated we have learned that Patriot's Glen is operating under new ownership – the Board instructed Chief Bradford to perform an investigation and if necessary, bring them in for a violation hearing. With no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned. BY: Herrel 'Cuz' Curry ATTEST: Robin S. Coyle, Administrative Assistant