4 establishments fined for selling minors alcohol


Carroll County Liquor Board members have fined Carriage House Liquors, a Westminster package goods store, $1,000 for selling alcohol to a minor for the second time in three months.

During a July 5 hearing, Howard C. Fitzgerald -- co-owner of the store with Roel J. Fitzgerald -- pleaded guilty to the charge that an employeesold alcohol to a state police cadet during a series of random compliance checks throughout the county June 10.

The liquor board, in decisions issued yesterday, also fined three other establishments for alcohol sales to minors.

The fine is the second this year for Carriage House Liquors, which was fined $500 in May after the board found Howard Fitzgerald guilty when an employee sold alcohol to a police cadet on March 25. The Fitzgeralds have owned Carriage House Liquors since 1987.

In the May case, Edward A. O'Connor, a clerk who subsequently lost his job because of the illegal March sale, told the liquor board that a disruptive customer distracted his attention when the cadet came in to buy beer.

As a result, he didn't notice that the cadet was not old enough to buy the alcohol, Mr. O'Connor said.

The Fitzgeralds told the liquor board that they also had been found guilty of a similar offense within six months after they took over operation of the Westminster store in 1987.

After similar hearings, the liquor board also fined the owners of three county restaurants for selling alcohol to a minor.

All of the charges stem from compliance checks on May 6 and June 10.

Sarah A. Cullum, owner of Baldwin's Restaurant in Sykesville, and Walter A. Fitzgerald and Richard L. Murray, owners of the Sizzler Restaurant in Westminster, were fined $500 for violations. The board also fined Yuen Sang Luen and Donald N. Tracy, of the North China Restaurant, $500 for their violation. However, the board chose to suspend half the fine.

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