Liquor Board Levies Fine On TeeBee's Place

The Parkville bar came before the county liquor board to make the case why their liquor license should not be suspended or revoked Monday afternoon.

At a hearing Monday afternoon, the Baltimore County Liquor Board made the decision to levy a fine against a Parkville bar.

The owners of TeeBee's Place, located at 7122 Darlington Drive, were instructed by the board to pay a $2,000 fine as the result of the hearing that could have ended with their liquor license being suspended or revoked.

Monday's hearing was scheduled after two homicides occurred at the bar within two months. Back in July, a man was shot in his vehicle in a parking lot near the bar; early in September, a bouncer at the bar was stabbed to death as he tried to break up a fight between two patrons.

, wrote letters to the liquor board in support of sanctions against the bar.

The board heard testimony from the Baltimore County Police Department's Captain Gordon Skinner and Sergeant Randy Sinclair of Parkville precinct regarding those homicides. Mary Sue Lovell, a representative of the nearby Harford Park neighborhood, as well as Tee-Bee's Place managers Renee Heb and Anthony Jenkins and Tee-Bee's Place owner Rodney Barnes also testified.

Ultimately, board chairman Charles Klein announced that the bar's owner was responsible for violating the bar's security plan during the second homicide.

Klein said that had the assailant who killed bouncer Tavarus Jones been frisked when he re-entered the bar on the night of the murder, a "terrible tragedy could have been avoided."

Additionally, police gave testimony that a security system inside the bar was not recording at the time when Jones was killed.

"It was an accident that you were maybe not aware of, but there was no recording to help the police," Klein said, delivering the board's decision.

A security plan filed with the Baltimore County Police Department back in May required that TeeBee's use video suveillance and pat down patrons as they entered the bar.

"We don’t want to see you sitting back in front of us. Maintain security, certainly we don’t want any violence going on," Klein said. "We could be considering either a long suspension or revocation if we see you back for another violent act again."

Editors Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the Baltimore County Liquor Board Hearing was not initiated at the request of elected officials but rather as a result of th liquor board receiving reports from the police department.

David Marks October 02, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I am disappointed in this decision.
Renee October 02, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Seriously? This man's life was just valued by the liquor board at $2,000 & a camera!?!?!? What a ridiculous decision they made, I feel horrible for his family who just had salt thrown in their wounds. I'm all for entrepreneurship, but at what cost Baltimore County?
On the Mark October 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Do the public a favor and shut this nuisance down! It's obvious the owner is paying off someone on the liquor board. Whats it gonna take, another killing for the bar to be shutdown? A $2000 fine is a slap on the wrist.
President HPCA October 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Why do they think the cameras were not recording? Because they had no intention of obeying the sanctions given them the first time. The liquor board is a joke. A dog with no teeth. Reminds me of my father telling me how he was going to "turn this car around" if I didn't behave. What do we need to do to get a board with some backbone?
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