Carroll County's liquor board has fined three Mount Airy liquor license holders for selling alcohol to a minor.
In addition, the board voted to reverse an earlier decision finding the Mount Airy Pizza Hut guilty of allowing an underage employee to accept payment for alcohol. State law says an employee must be 21 to accept payment for alcohol.
Board members John P. Buchheister Jr. and Romeo Valianti both voted to overturn the Jan. 10 decision.
They noted testimony indicating that a former liquor board inspector had told Pizza Hut's management that an underage employee could accept payment for alcohol.
Russell Mayer, liquor board chairman, disagreed with his colleagues and dissented from the vote.
Members of the board then found the restaurant guilty of selling alcohol to a minor Jan. 21.
Pizza Hut was one of three liquor license holders that violated the law that night during a sweep. Inspectors sent Maryland State Police cadet Bryan Alford Pearre to the establishments to purchase alcohol.
Deborah Schulze and William D. McKinney, Pizza Hut's liquor license holders, were fined $500 for violating the law. The board then voted 2-1 to suspend half the fine because the licensees have promoted alcohol awareness.
The Cork 'N Bottle on Ridge Road and Mount Airy Liquors on Ridgeville Boulevard were also fined for selling alcohol to Mr. Pearre. Both liquor stores were fined $500 for the violation.
But the board suspended half the fine for Stephen L. Golueke and Francis S. Schmitz of Mount Airy Liquors because the owners are involved with Techniques of Alcohol Management, an alcohol-awareness course.
Also, Mr. Schmitz has sent the employee who sold the alcohol to Mr. Pearre to the alcohol management course, which is offered by the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association.
In other news, board members approved two liquor license transfers for Westminster restaurants.
The Class B-Beer, Wine and Liquor license for Golden Palace in 140 Village Shopping Center was transferred from Frank Kwan Tong Hom and So Kuen Wong to Nancy Lynne Albertini, Kan Yu Wong and Su Kuen Wong.
Champ's Restaurant and Saloon's license was transferred from Lisa Johansson and Fred Kane to David E. Johansson. Board members also allowed the restaurant on Main Street to add catering privileges to the Class B-Beer, Wine and Liquor license.