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Lava Lounge is fined; liquor permit suspended

The city liquor board suspended the license for Lava Lounge yesterday for 80 days and fined the club $4,400, the chairman of the liquor board said. Lava Lounge, in the 1300 block of Ponca St. in Canton, was found guilty of four counts of underage drinking and eight counts of violating its liquor license restriction, which does not allow anyone under 21 to enter the club after 9 p.m. Five women under 21 testified that they were allowed to buy alcohol without identication, said Stephan Fogleman, liquor board chairman. It was the third underage violation for Lava Lounge.

Brent Jones

Kayaker rescued after capsizing in Arundel

A 28-year-old man was hospitalized yesterday after his kayak capsized in an Anne Arundel County creek, a Fire Department official said. The kayaker, who was not identified, swam to shore and called 911 at 9:32 a.m. after falling into the Cheston Creek, off the West River near the Mayo Peninsula in Galesville, said Lt. Keith Hamilton, of the county Fire Department. "He's a very fortunate young man," Hamilton said. Officials were unsure why the kayak capsized. Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia said the man's cell phone remained dry, and he was able to call for help. While the man was in touch with Fire Department communicators, the crew of a state police helicopter guided rescuers to the man, who was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly by helicopter. He is expected to survive.

Richard Irwin and Nicole Fuller

Havre de Grace bull wins national honors in Texas

A hefty, snow white bull from a Harford County farm recently won national honors at a Texas livestock show. SSF Corks, 5J White Squall was chosen Reserve Grand Champion at the National Charolais Show in Fort Worth. He bested seven bulls in his class and moved on to the division round, where, as the top choice among the four division leaders, he qualified for the final competition. In the end, Squall came in a close second to a bigger, older Charolais from Canada. "To us, this win means a lot of prestige," said Squall's owner, Bob Tibbs of Shadow Springs Farm in Havre de Grace. "Getting to that level of competition is something you dream of for a lifetime."

MARY GAIL HARE

Two-alarm blaze damages Elkridge Club's clubhouse

A two-alarm fire last night damaged at least two floors of the Elkridge Club's clubhouse, on the city-Baltimore County line in the 6100 block of N. Charles St. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire and its origin were under investigation. The blaze was reported at 8:19 p.m. and went to two alarms at 8:23 p.m. It was brought under control about 9 p.m. by more than 100 firefighters manning equipment from stations at Towson, Brooklandville, Hillendale, Texas, Fullerton and Parkville.

Richard Irwin

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