Owner fined in sale of beer to underage cadet


The owner of a Finksburg liquor store, whose former employee sold beer to an underage police cadet, must pay a $250 fine before she can transfer her business Nov. 1.

Janet L. Conaway, who has run the Whistle Stop in Finksburg for 16 years, pleaded guilty to the violation yesterday before the Carroll County Board of License Commissioners.

Board members, who learned of the violation last week, moments before a hearing to transfer the Class A beer, wine and liquor license, said they assessed the minimum fine because this was the only violation on Ms. Conaway's record.

They also agreed to decide the case during an extra session so the matter could be resolved before Ms. Conaway's settlement on the property next month.

Testimony was taken on the license transfer from Ms. Conaway to Roger W. and Phyllis S. Bruce of Westminster at the Sept. 11 hearing, but board members opted not to decide until the violation case was settled yesterday.

"Sixteen years is an excellent record," said board member Romeo L. Valianti.

James D. Norvell, liquor board administrator, testified that on Oct. 8 police cadet Bryan Alford Pearre, 19, bought an eight-pack of 8-ounce Budweiser beers from Dorothy Gladys Johnston.

Ms. Johnston, 65, checked Mr. Pearre's identification but sold him the alcohol anyway, Mr. Norvell said.

Ms. Conaway, who was not represented by counsel, testified that this was her first violation and that Ms. Johnston no longer works for her.

After the violation hearing, board members continued the transfer hearing Mr. and Mrs. Bruce to take possession of the Class A package goods license.

The license, which will take effect after the new owners pass a health department inspection of the property's well, allows the couple to sell alcohol for consumption off premises. No sales are allowed on Sunday.

Also during the Sept. 11 meeting, the board approved transferring the liquor license for Penn Mar Liquors from Wesley R. and Delores D. Furnkase to Marsha D. and Frank K. Boyd Sr.

The Class A beer, wine and liquor license permits the Taneytown package goods store to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises. No sales are allowed on Sunday.

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