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Little Italy entertainment request denied

The city liquor board denied yesterday a Little Italy restaurant's request to add live entertainment, a proposal that sparked overwhelming opposition from the community, according to board officials.

Terry Coffman II, owner of Vellegia's Italian Restaurant, told the liquor board that he wanted to add a piano bar. But representatives from neighborhood and business associations opposed the plan, recalling an all-night party they say was held at the establishment two years ago that disrupted residents, according to Stephan Fogleman, liquor board chairman.

About 75 people attended the hearing, one of the highest turnouts of the year, liquor board officials said.

Fogleman said representatives of the Little Italy Business Association, the Little Italy Restaurant Association and the neighborhood association all spoke against the proposal.

He added that in the 74-year history of the liquor board, live entertainment has never been granted in Little Italy.

"We couldn't find a public need or desire to grant this request. It wasn't the most difficult decision we've ever made," Fogleman said.

Liquor board officials added that they do not expect the business to be significantly harmed by the decision.

Coffman could not be reached for comment last night.

Brent Jones

Baltimore County


Four convicted sex offenders sought

Baltimore County police said yesterday they are trying to locate four convicted sex offenders who have violated their probation or who have not kept their addresses current with Maryland's State Sex Offender Registry. Police said arrest warrants have been issued for:

*Tarif Jahmil Alston, 25, a child sexual offender wanted for violation of probation. His last known address was in the first block of Shawgo Court, Middle River.

*Kenny James Warren, 41, a sexually violent offender wanted for failure to register and failure to report his change of address. His last known address was in the 3200 block of Miller Ave., Middle River.

*Kevin Dwayne Rogers, 25, a child sexual offender wanted for failure to register. He was homeless and may be in the Essex area.

*April Lynn Carey, 30, a sexually violent offender, wanted for failure to register and failure to report her change of address. Her last known address was in the first block of Phlox Circle, Reisterstown. Anyone with information is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.


County to get $577,000 for park projects

Baltimore County will receive more than $577,000 for park improvement projects as part of $5.7 million in statewide Program Open Space funding approved this week by the Board of Public Works.

The board authorized spending $327,553 to acquire a five-acre property for Double Rock Park in Parkville; $150,000 to enhance part of a hiking and bicycle trail between the Hawthorne-Midthorn and Dark Head Creek parks in Middle River; and $100,000 to complete improvement of a trail in Catonsville Community Park.

Elsewhere in the region, Carroll County will receive $66,168 for a skate park in New Windsor.

Montgomery Co.


Man dies after being pinned between cars

A Montgomery County man was killed yesterday when he became pinned between two cars on his property, said county police.

Police said Ira Stephen Kaye, 45, of the 300 block of Oak Knoll Drive in Rockville was operating a Chrysler Crossfire and backing out of the right side of his garage about 7:30 a.m. and apparently failed to put the car in park when he attempted to get out of the vehicle. Police said the Crossfire continued to move.

They said there was a BMW parked on the left side inside the garage and a Chevrolet Malibu parked in the left side of the driveway at the time.

Police said the Crossfire scraped the passenger side of the Malibu parked next to the Crossfire and that the man became trapped between the Malibu parked in the driveway and the BMW as the Crossfire continued to move.

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