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Another stabbing reported at Boomer's Bar in Middle River

Baltimore County's police chief is investigating whether he can use a local padlock law to shut down a Middle River bar after a man and a woman were stabbed there in separate incidents this month, according to a department spokeswoman.

In addition, police are working with the head of the county liquor board to address concerns at the bar, located in the 100 block of Earls Road. A hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 22.

The latest stabbing at Boomer's Bar & Smokehouse occurred about 12:45 a.m. Friday. Police said the victim, 22, was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for what they described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said that after someone bumped into the victim on the dance floor, an argument ensued and grew into a fight. Two suspects were taken into custody, according to Detective Cathy Batton, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman.

The earlier stabbing occurred July 22 in the bar's parking lot, according to police. About 1:30 a.m., a 22-year-old man was stabbed during a fight and was taken by friends to Franklin Square Hospital Center, and then transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Jack Daniel Powell, 23, of the 200 block of St. Helena Ave. has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in that incident, and is being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Batton said that Police Chief James Johnson may not be able to use the padlock law because no one has been convicted in the stabbing incidents but that he had asked police commanders to review files to determine if any other crimes had been committed there in the past.

The law allows the police chief to close an establishment if at least two criminal convictions for "public nuisances" or other law-breaking activity have occurred on the premises within the last two years.

A man who answered the phone at Boomer's Friday and identified himself as an employee said the bar's owners would not comment.

Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Kay contributed to this article.

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