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Voltage Nightclub to remain open pending appeal BY ERIK ZYGMONT EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Voltage Nightclub had its liquor license revoked last Thursday by the Baltimore City Liquor Board, but it was temporarily reinstated by the Baltimore City Circuit Court just in time for Friday night. On Thursday afternoon, Stephan Fogleman, chairman of the Liquor Board’s three-member panel that decides on liquor licenses, used a quote by the musician Morrissey to announce the decision to revoke: “Has the world changed, or have I changed?” Louis Principio III—owner of Voltage and holder of its liquor license with Dudley Taylor and Martin Manescu—is a former owner of Hammerjack’s, the legendary 1980s metal venue. In a lengthy final statement to the Liquor Board, Principio mentioned, among other things, that altercations were far worse at Hammerjack’s than they ever were at Voltage. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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Many people observed St. Patrick’s Day last weekend, but the mathematically inclined, like Evan Goulet, visited Dangerously Delicious Pies, 2839 O’Donnell St., to pay special homage to Pi Day. Officially celebrated on March 14, Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant pi, usually written 3.14 in decimal form. If one is precise, however, the decimals continue forever. March 14, 2015, will be perhaps the most significant Pi Day of our lifetimes, particularly at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m. Then, the digits of the date and time will represent 3.141592653, the first 10 digits of Pi. | Photo by Erik Zygmont
Rec and Parks to lead Patterson Park master planning BY ERIK ZYGMONT EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
The city’s Department of Recreation and Parks will be taking the lead in updating Patterson Park’s Master Plan, a task which Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake expects to be completed by the end of the year. “Our goal is to get this done, signed off on, and gift-wrapped for City Hall by Christmas time,” said Recreation Chief Bob Wall at a meeting held last Thursday for residents involved in the master planning process.
To recap, once again: Last summer, the Patterson Park Working group—made up of representatives from stakeholder groups and neighborhood associations from around the park—came to an agreement that allowed senior citizens access to Patterson Park’s Casino building, which is now the location of the John Booth-Eleanor Hooper Senior Center. The agreement included a plan that slightly increased the park’s interior parking capacity, mainly in the Virginia Baker Recreation Center parking lot.
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Mayor announces health commissioner’s resignation BY ERIK ZYGMONT EDITOR@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Last week, Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake announced that Dr. Oxiris Barbot is leaving her position as Baltimore City Health Commissioner, effective April 26, to head to New York City to become first deputy commissioner of health there. Dr. Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, the Baltimore City Health Department’s deputy commissioner, will be interim director upon Barbot’s departure. “I would like to thank Dr. Barbot for her years of dedicated service to Baltimore,” said Rawlings-Blake in a statement in a press release from her office. Barbot was appointed commissioner in 2010. “Her enthusiasm for health and wellness is infectious, and she has left a rich legacy of progressive policies to move our city forward. Dr. Barbot understood that Baltimore had to be aggressive in more than just treatment, but also in addressing the underlying issues that led to poor health—particularly in our most vulnerable communities.” In the same press release, Barbot offered her own statement: “It has been a thrilling experience, but the time has come for me to transition to my next endeavor and be closer to my family. I will always treasure my time as commissioner of
One Eyed Mike’s manager plans new establishment Jamie Hubbard, general manager of Fell’s Point’s One Eyed Mike’s, has plans to turn Pearl’s, a bar at 1900 Aliceanna St., into “more of a food-centric concept.” Hubbard said that he will be owner-operator of the new establishment, though he will be partnering with One Eyed Mike’s owner Mike Maraziti on the project. “We’re really just trying to take the business and turn it into more of a restaurant,” Hubbard told the Fell’s Point Residents Association a few weeks ago. “We’re really just trying to create a place that caters to Fell’s Point, Canton and Butchers Hill.” Hubbard says that he already has a “talented chef” lined up for the establishment, which he will call “Lobo.” He said that there will be no new requests for outdoor seating or live entertainment. Hubbard received support from both the Fell’s Point Residents Association and the Fell’s Point Community Organization. Last week, the Liquor Board granted Hubbard ownership of the liquor license.
health and the opportunity I had to shape the direction and focus of public health priorities for the City of Baltimore.” Both the mayor and Barbot touted the commissioner’s leadership role the rollout of the mayor’s Healthy Baltimore 2015 initiative as a major accomplishment. The initiative is “a comprehensive health policy agenda that articulates 10 priority areas and indicators for action,” states the press release. “The plan highlights the areas where the largest impact can be made toward reducing morbidity and mortality while improving quality of life for all Baltimoreans.” Barbot was a driving force behind the Planning Department’s push to eliminate residential-area liquor stores from the city using the zoning code rewrite that is now being heard in City Council. She also factored into a city proposal to relocate the John Booth Senior Center to the Patterson Park Casino building, renovate the Virginia Baker Recreation Center into a fullfledged community center, and add 96 parking spaces and a loop road to Patterson Park. Though the loop road and parking was soundly rejected by residents, the John Booth Senior Center has indeed been relocated. Community representatives are currently meeting with Recreation and Parks to figure out the rest.
Our Opinion and Yours Coffee anyone? To the Editor: I doubt I am the only lifelong liberal reader of the Guide who found Roland Moskal’s letter and column offensive. He seems to suffer from a very severe illness known as contempt prior to investigation. He does not seem to like coffee shops or the new people who live in his community. Maybe if he spent some time in one, as I have every morning for the last 10 years, he would get to know some of the people there. As to the bars that are gone—I used to drink in some of them. I remember bars where the N-word was OK. Perhaps he knows something I do not. Hence, I invite him to join me in a cup of coffee some morn. Peace, Denny Olver, Highlandtown Editor’s note: If Mr. Moskal reads this letter and would like to take Mr. Olver up on his invitation, we can supply contact information.
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The Working Group was formed in the first place following community outcry over a city proposal that added 90-plus parking spaces to Patterson Park. Back then, the refrain was “No more cars; no more parking; no more paving.” Faced with community outrage, the mayor ordered the formation of the Working Group, charged with “building upon the existing master plan to create comprehensive, community-driven strategies to enhance green space, increase traffic safety, and facilitate improved recreational opportunities in and around Patterson Park.” The Working Group met on a monthly basis through the end of last summer. Shortly before that point, the members of the Working Group representing the community associations met separately and came to agree upon the plan that slightly expanded the Virginia Baker Recreation Center parking lot. Under the community’s plan, that lot would have been modestly expanded by moving back a retaining wall. After some initial friction, the larger Working Group agreed to move forward with the plan, though Parks Chief Bill Vondrasek warned that it may be expensive. At the same time, the city money allocated to design firm Mahan Rykiel to professionally facilitate the meetings ran out, and Working Group meetings ceased. The city recently decided that the parking lot expansion, which a city cost estimate put at $500,000, was too expensive for a recreation center that it said may or may not be viable for the park’s future needs. “We came to the conclusion that maybe we don’t have to do that right now,” was how Kraft put it last month, when he called the Working Group and other interested citizens
back together to take a more comprehensive look at the Patterson Park Master Plan. Kraft asked residents to volunteer for subcommittees to look at different aspects of the master plan, including capital improvements; maintenance and governance; ecology and natural resources; programming; historical connections; and finance—i.e. how to pay for all this. At last Thursday’s meeting, Kraft announced that each committee now has between 15 and 20 members signed up, except for the “historical connections” committee, which had “about a dozen.” The committees will meet on their own, as needed. Kraft has stated that being on a committee will be a lot of work. The committees will come together periodically for facilitated sessions with Recreation and Parks and Mahan Rykiel, which is again being tapped as facilitator. Wall stated in a previous interview that about $100,000 in city money has been allocated to the process. Kraft said that Rawlings-Blake’s decision to put Recreation and Parks in charge of the process is “great from my office.” “We can play a little more of an advocacy role than we would be playing in an administrative capacity doing this,” Kraft said. A resident questioned the mayor’s motives. “Should we be concerned that this is the mayor making sure it’s her way?” he said. “The committees are going to drive this master plan,” said Wall. “The committees drove the master plan before. No matter what goes in at my level, at Jim’s level, at the mayor’s level—the citizens—the voters—are going to be what drives this.”
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Police and prosecutors Regarding accomplishments, Bernstein said that before he took office, he perceived a “dysfunctional relationship between police and prosecutors.” He has improved the situation, he said, by instituting a “community prosecution model.” Bernstein said that his office dismantled the existing prosecution units, which were focused on certain types of crimes, such as drugs, homicide, or sexual crimes for example. Instead, he has organized units geographically, so each individual prosecutor handles a range of cases in the same area. “It gets them closer to the community,” said Bernstein. “They know the street names; it also puts them closer to detectives and officers.”
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According to Bernstein, prosecutors meet monthly with their “police department counterparts” in their districts. “We had a great meeting today, in fact, about the Southeast,” he said. Violent crime Bernstein cited violent crime as both an area of accomplishment for his office and a focus area for the future. “I feel our strongest focus has to be on violent crime,” he said, emphasizing the importance of public safety. “If the government’s not providing that, nothing else can flow from it,” Bernstein said. The State’s Attorney touted his role in creating a major investigations unit within his office, which he said collects evidence using tools such as grand juries, informants and wiretaps, and “builds cases in a historical way against these violent repeat offenders.” He said that using this “whole new paradigm,” his office has convicted “well over 200 of these VROs.” “We think that’s really really good,” said Bernstein. He cited the prosecution of Robert Moore, who with his codefendants received six consecutive life sentences for a series of “retaliatory killings” that occurred over a five- to six-year period. Pre-empting a question from the audience, Bernstein asked himself, “If you’re doing such a great job, why is the homicide rate so high...What’s going on?” “It points to the need of everyone to be on the same page,” he said. “You need all your partners—all your stakeholders, so to speak—involved in this.” Moving on to statistics, Bernstein said that his office prosecutes 50,000 misdemeanors and 7,000 felonies per year. He said that since 2010, convictions have been up 5 percent, and that 500 more “serious felonies” have been prosecuted in years past, starting in 2011. Minimum mandatory sentencing “It’s an interesting dynamic when you think about the criminal justice system,” said Bernstein, noting all the parties involved, including defendants, prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges. A resident, noting what she perceives as lenient sentencing, said that she “about fell out of my chair” when Bernstein referenced the six consecutive life sentences obtained in the Robert Moore case. Bernstein noted that the offenses in that case were particularly egregious. He said
that while it falls on judges to decide on sentencing, prosecutors can help the process by seeking mandatory minimum sentences for lower level cases. Juveniles A resident asked Bernstein whether Allen Pinkney and Alonzo Gorham Ramos—the two juveniles charged with killing Leto— would remain charged as adults. “There will be some litigation as to whether it stays in the adult system or goes to the juvenile system,” Bernstein said. “My view is that there is a group of juveniles... because of their socio-economic background, because of the way they were brought up, because of what happened to them—they’re just dangerous. For me, it becomes a public safety issue.”
I feel our strongest focus has to be on violent crime. Witness problems Fell’s Prospect Community Association President Victor Corbin noted that he had been a witness for a criminal case last summer. “To be one can be incredibly annoying,” he commented, adding that he understands the defense strategy of “postpone, postpone, postpone,” to wear down witnesses until they don’t show up. Corbin said that his case was postponed multiple times, until he was put “basically on call,” and was eventually told to be at the courthouse within an hour. Throughout all this, Corbin said he had been making calls to the State’s Attorney’s office for updates to his case, and “they would put me on hold or say someone would call me back, and it got really annoying.” Corbin asked Bernstein if the process could be put online, and a witness could view the status of his case with an identification number. Bernstein acknowledged that the the system needs to be improved for witnesses, but he said that the idea of full automation was “interesting but complicated.”
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Fish Fry: The Dundalk Knights of Columbus are holding their annual fundraiser with proceeds going to multiple charities. It runs every Friday through Good Friday, April 18. The Knights will be serving fried fish from 12-6 p.m. at 2111 Eilers Ave. Eleven dollars buys Alaskan pollock, steak fries, cole slaw, roll, dessert, and beverages. Take-out also available for $12. Info: Call Joe Witomski, 410-409-8173 or 410-284-9629.
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Kerplunk!: Open to families and kids of all ages. Tour galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit, or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials and let your creativity soar. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Noon-3 p.m. Free. No registration required. Friday, March 21 Saturday, March 22. Creative Alliance at the Bumper Jacksons at the Creative Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651. Alliance: Baltimore/DC-based American Artist Talk: Hear artist Stuart Dahne roots group Bumper Jacksons celebrates the discuss photography on Saturday, March 22, 3 release of their album “Sweet Mama, Sweet p.m., at the Highlandtown Gallery, 248 S. Daddy, Come In” at the Creative Alliance on Conkling St. March 21. The Bumper Jacksons will be Veterans: The Veterans Affairs Maryland performing alongside local favorite, the Blue Health Care System is hosting an open house Moon Cowgirls. Tickets: $15. Creative and information fair on Saturday, March 22, Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 10 N. Greene St., first floor. 410-276-1651. Info: 800-949-1003 x6071.
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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Comedy/Improv: Former Highlandtown resident Michele “Wojo” Wojciechowdki is starring in a one-night comedy/improv show, “Stand Up and Laugh: Thank God It’s Finally Spring Edition” on Saturday, March 22, 8:30 p.m., The Bowman restaurant, Parkville. Info and tickets: SullysComedyCellar.com or 410665-8600.
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Oyster Roast: On Sunday, March 23, from 1-5 p.m., Saint Francis of Assisi, at 3615 Harford Rd., is hosting an all-you-can-eat oyster roast in the church hall. Menu includes oyster stew, oysters on the half shell, padded/ fried oysters, pit beef, sausages, and salads. Beer, soda, and desserts available at no additional cost. The price is $40 and must be paid in advance. To reserve call 410-235-5136. For questions, please call Barbara Jo, 410-4883162. Sunday Morning Health Fair: Doctors from Johns Hopkins, Bayview, will conduct a free health fair on March 23 after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses at St. Casimir’s in Canton. The fair, held in the Kolbe Center, will have stations where guests may circulate, look at the displays, and talk with the doctors. Healthy snacks will be provided. Information: 443682-8257.
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March 26, Student Brass Culmination Concert: The performance will be held in the cafeteria at Highlandtown Elementary/ Middle School,, 3223 E. Pratt St. from 5 -5:30 p.m. Contact: email@example.com. March 27, Archeology Show and Tell: Dr. John Horsely will be using advanced noninvasive techniques—including magnetometry and ground-penetrating radar—to help locate digging locations for the War of 1812 excavation in Patterson Park. On Thursday, March 27, 6-7:30 p.m., he will “show and tell” these techniques at the Patterson Park White House, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave. Light refreshments will be served; no registration necessary. Info: 410-332-9922. March 29, Fishing Rodeo: Patterson Park’s premier fishing event begins with registration at 9 a.m. at the Boast Lake. Fishing starts at 10 a.m. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians. The derby is catch and release; participants must bring their own rods, though a few loaners will be available. Bait will be provided; no fishing licenses required. Info: 410-396-9392. Inclement weather hotline: 410-396-7078. March 29, Park Clean-Up and Food Drive In O’Donnell Square Park: Bring your children, friends, and neighbors for a morning in your community park. Refreshments, tools,and gloves provided.10 a.m. -12 p.m.
March 31, Singing Through History with Adam Miller: Folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller will present a program of tall tales, traditional American folksongs, and autoharp instrumentals. 6:30 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library 3601 Eastern Ave.
Senatorial Scholarships: If you are attending, or plan to attend, a Maryland college or university in the fall and you live in the 46th Legislative District, applications are due by April 4 . Info: http://www. billforbaltimore.com/scholarship . Free Adult Education Classes at PPPCS: Patterson Park Public Charter School offers the following classes: beginner Spanish Mon/Wed; intermediate Spanish Tues/Thurs; computer literacy Mon/Wed; pre-GED Tues/Thurs. All classes are free and open to the community and are held at PPPCS (27 N. Lakewood Ave).Classes start the week of Jan. 27 and run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Classes will run until the end of the year, and a new semester will start in fall 2014. Please preregister on the website (www.pppcs.org) or by calling Melissa Logan, 410-558-1230 ext. 327, or MLogan@pppcs.org. Free Saturday Sports Club at Patterson Park: Five Saturdays ( 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, and 4/26) from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Please join us and the Charm City Youth Lacrosse League for an exciting five-week sports club where boys and girls ages 7 to 14 will develop lacrosse skills as well as learn valuable life lessons from inspiring civic leaders. No equipment necessary. Register online at www.charmcityyouthlax.com from the drop- down “play” menu (select “Patterson Park Site”) or call 410-878-0563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The center is located at 200 S. Linwood Ave. After-school Programming: The Patterson Park Youth Sports & Education Center, at 200 S. Linwood Ave., is enrolling students in grades 6, 7, and 8 for after-school programming, Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. Homework assistance provided daily. Info: 410-878-0563 or email pattersonparkinfo@ gmail.com to sign up. Free Program for 2-year-olds: United Evangelical Church, at 3200 Dillon St., is offering a program for 2-year-olds and their parents. Info: Concetta Clark at 410-995-0118. Volunteer With Audubon: Time to spare? Audubon would love your help making environmental education programs in Patterson Park successful. Please contact Kate Creamer, volunteer coordinator, at 443-6230717.
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Candidates for 46th District say liquor moratorium could have negative consequences BY DANIELLE SWEENEY DSWEENEY@BALTIMOREGUIDE.COM
Brooke Lierman, Bill Romani, and Liam Davis said they won’t support legislation to block tavern and liquor store licenses from coming into Fell’s Point from outside the neighborhood. The three candidates for the House of Delegates seat in the 46th District attended a Fells Point Community Organization meeting last week, and all agreed that such legislation would be potentially detrimental to the Fells Point business climate. The question was asked by Joanne Masopust, president of FPCO—which voted to oppose the transfer of bar and liquor store licenses (but not restaurant licenses) coming into Fell’s Point from outside of the neighborhood last year. It was one of several questions posed to the candidates by FPCO members. Davis, a community liaison for City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young’s office who lives in Greektown, said each proposed bar or tavern should be appraised on its own merits. “Otherwise, you’re stagnating business, and
| Photo courtesy of Bill Romani
that’s the last thing you want to do is discourage businesses from coming in,” he said. Fell’s Point resident and civil rights attorney Lierman told the group she wouldn’t support such legislation either. “Never ever is a long time, and absolutes can be dangerous. We should look at each business individually,“ she said. Romani, who lives in South Baltimore and works for a nonprofit, said: “We need to be careful about restricting the movement of new licenses into particular precincts as a strategy to limit big or nuisance bars.“ He explained that there is already a legislative moratorium on new liquor licenses in Federal Hill, but since it took effect, he claims, consolidations and expansions have created a 35-percent increase in tavern capacity. “That has, in effect, circumvented the very intent of the legislation,” he said. “And the liquor licenses that do become available are priced at a premium ($200,000 or more, he said) due to the high demand and limited supply.” The result, he said, is that the cost of the
| Photo courtesy of Brooke Lierman
licenses makes it difficult to open a new establishment that doesn’t either rely on a lot of seats or a high percentage of alcohol sales. In a later interview, Romani added that there is still a demand in Federal Hill for smaller “true” restaurants, and the neighborhood has a number of commercial vacancies that could house them. The problem, he said, is that potential tenants—who may very well have been embraced by the neighborhood, he said—have passed on Federal Hill because they were not be able to obtain or afford liquor licenses. Romani added that rather than supporting a moratorium on any licenses moving into a neighborhood or precinct, he would support ways to place limitations on the types or sizes of licenses to help ensure that the neighborhood is protected from an added nuisance, while keeping it in a position to promote economic development. One FPCO member asked the candidates how they felt about the Red Line, particularly in light of its construction and how it would impact the community. “Businesses on Boston St. have a right to be
concerned about the Red Line construction’s impact,“ said Lierman. “But in the long run, they will thrive.” Lierman added that the 14-mile, Bayviewto-Woodlawn transit system would help relieve congestion and traffic that is already a problem on Boston St. “Boston St. is like a highway and getting worse,” she said, adding that when the Red Line is complete, Boston St. will be green, have a bike lane, and be much calmer. Romani said he is an advocate of the Red Line, which is on track to begin construction in 2015. He said the train would bring new business to the area “but we have to take care of the businesses that are already there.” Davis, who sees the $2.6 billion Red Line as an important part of the development of the Greektown and Bayview neighborhoods, and has said in the past that the transit system is vital if Baltimore wants to retain young people, conceded that merchants’ concerns about the Red Line impacting business are real. “There will be challenges on Boston St., but we have to take the long view,” said Davis.
| Photo courtesy of Liam Davis
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VOLTAGE: Anglesea residents petition to revoke liquor license CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Fogleman said that he didn’t believe that Principio had changed then, but that the world has changed. Fogleman acknowledged that incidents that occurred at Voltage, particularly in November of last year, including a dancefloor shooting and some large fights in the parking lot in which police officers were maced, “may have been acceptable— the police and the Liquor Board may have had less of a problem with those issues 20 years ago.” However, the chairman said, they are not acceptable now. “We believe that the public safety of Baltimore requires this license to be revoked,” he said, adding that the club had 30 days to appeal the decision. Within a few hours of the Liquor Board’s decision, Voltage had posted on its Facebook page that it would be closed the night of Thursday, March 13, by order of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, but that it would be open and serving alcohol on Friday evening, March 14. On Friday afternoon, Judge Alfred Nance of Baltimore City Circuit Court heard and granted Principio’s request for a stay on the Liquor Board’s decision to revoke his license. The stay allows Voltage to remain open until Circuit Court hears the club’s appeal of the revocation of its license. Fogleman, Twitter handle BaltoBeerBaron, tweeted Friday that Nance had indicated that he would revoke the stay if there were further violations at Voltage. State Senator Bill Ferguson (D-46) called the speed at which Voltage secured a hearing and obtained the stay “mind-boggling.” Furthermore, he added, “I was very surprised to see the stay was granted by the Circuit Court.” Last year, Ferguson sponsored legislation that allows only the body hearing the appeal— in Voltage’s case, the Circuit Court—to grant a stay on a license revocation. In the past, the Liquor Board had the power to grant a stay at its discretion, and Ferguson said that the board’s practice was to do so, “and then the appeal would drag out forever.” The board’s practice has a historical basis, according to Ferguson. He said that in “way back” cases in which the Liquor Board did not grant stays, appellate courts were more likely to overturn revocations. As introduced, Ferguson’s legislation called for a mandatory 45-day period without the possibility of a stay following a liquor license revocation. It was amended, and passed into
law, to stipulate that for 45 days following a revocation, only the appellate court may grant a stay. After 45 days, either the appellate court or the Liquor Board can grant the stay. Ferguson says that the law expedites the appeals process, motivating a licensee to file and move forward with an appeal as soon as possible. “All of this is being tested right now,” he commented. Two weeks ago, on March 6, the Liquor Board heard the case against Voltage, represented by the three-lawyer team of Melvin Kodenski, Peter Prevas and Isaac Klein. Commissioners Fogleman and Harvey Jones heard the case; Commissioner Elizabeth Smith was absent. Voltage’s lawyers argued that her absence was reason to postpone the hearing again, citing instances in which the Liquor Board had done so for other licensees facing a hearing with a two-person board. The board refused the request. “This case is almost specially set, for lack of a better term,” said Fogleman. “It’s now March. This case was originally docketed for December. That’s quite a delay.” Voltage’s lawyers plead “not guilty” to all violations, and a few were dismissed, including some instances of underage drinking and a case in which a severely intoxicated man was found suffering post-assault in a vehicle. The Liquor Board noted that it could not be proven that his injuries and intoxication originated within Voltage, and the board also threw out some of the underage drinking violations. The lawyers asked the board to dismiss a violation in which Principio admittedly sprayed Baltimore City Police Detective David Kincaid with mace, on the grounds that the incident was accidental. “You’re an attorney,” responded Fogleman, declining to dismiss. “You know that accidents rise sometimes to a criminal matter.” Voltage’s lawyers noted that on the two occasions in which Voltage personnel maced police officers, the police officers did not arrest the perpetrators. Kincaid said that after being sprayed by Principio, he was convinced that it was accidental and decided not to pursue the matter further on the grounds that “the man’s got a business to run.” The other officer who was maced, Officer Joseph Petryszak, testified that he was sprayed in the eyes and couldn’t make an arrest because he could not identify the perpetrator. “You have two of the politest officers in Baltimore City here,” remarked Fogleman, “who got maced and didn’t press charges.” Kincaid testified that his incident happened
after he responded to the club from the Southeast District for crowd control. Petryszak said he was working “secondary overtime,” an arrangement in which police personnel are employed by the club, which pays the city for their time. Kodenski also asked the board to dismiss a Dec. 2 violation in which a Voltage patron was the victim of a non-fatal shooting. “There’s no testimony that the licensee did anything,” he said. “There’s nothing that happened in this case that the licensee did.” Again, the board upheld the violation and declined to dismiss.
Lieutenant Gerald Quarels of the Baltimore City Fire Department testified that on Halloween night, the evening in which some of Voltage’s violations occurred, the club had “proper crowd controls” in place. Still unaddressed is a petition for the revocation of Voltage’s liquor license, signed by 29 residents, many from Anglesea St. near the club. Joyce Adamski, president of the Southeast District Police Community Relations Council, said that she can obtain more signatures if there is a revocation hearing down the line, should Voltage’s license be reinstated permanently by the Circuit Court.
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Spring Training is well underway, and so far the Orioles are looking pretty sharp. Currently they are 10-6. Sure, maybe it doesn’t mean too much, but it is always good to see the O’s playing winning baseball, no matter what time of year. Here are some quick player updates from Spring Training: Chris Davis is still killing the ball. So far he is batting .500 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. Nick Markakis is hitting well so far, batting .440 over 25 at-bats. The better news is his slugging percentage of .680, something I’m sure ownership would like to see from him if he wants to get that option picked up after the season. Jemile Weeks is not making a case to be the everyday starter at second base. So far he is batting just .148, although he has stolen six bases and driven in five runs.
Jonathan Schoop on the other hand is making a strong case for being the starter at second. So far, Schoop is batting .400 with a home run and six RBI. Adam Jones has been struggling a bit thus far, batting only .125, but considering it’s Adam Jones, I’m not too concerned. Newcomer Nelson Cruz is batting .300, but in 20 AB this spring, he has yet to go deep (although he has four doubles). J.J. Hardy is playing well so far, batting .348 with a home run and seven RBI. Zach Britton has been making a push to get in the rotation this year, pitching well in his eight innings of work, allowing only one run (1.13 ERA) and striking out eight. Kevin Gausman has looked pretty good so far as well, pitching to the tune of a 2.57 ERA over seven innings. His 0.86 WHIP is also pretty impressive. Unimpressive is Tommy Hunter, who entered the season as the closer for the O’s. So far, Hunter has given up three hits, including two home runs, in his four innings of work. Chris Tillman has been decent so far, striking out 14 in 12.2 innings played and picking up two wins along the way. On the downside, like Hunter, he has also allowed two home runs. Bud Norris has pitched well so far, posting a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 IP while striking out eight. One note of significance is Manny Machado’s status. During camp, Machado has had some scar tissue flare up and has not been running in the past couple of days. He is hoping to run in the next few days, but fans are a little concerned, even though Machado said it was “no big deal.”
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Fleet St., 1700 block, March 10, 9:22 p.m. An officer responded to the location for an attempted purse snatch. The victim stated that she was approached by two men, one of whom attempted to remove the bags from her shoulder. The victim backed up, and the other suspect tried to pull harder at the bag. The victim asked him, “What the [expletive] are you doing,” at which point the two suspects walked away. One of the suspects was later arrested. E. Pratt St., 6400 block, March 11, 10 a.m. A woman reported that while she was walking, she placed her phone in her pocket, at which time one of the two young male suspects grabbed her and put her in a bear hug. The other suspect reached into her pocket and took her phone; both suspects fled. One was wearing a school uniform. Pulaski Hwy., 2700 block, March 11, 8:15 p.m. The victim said that two men wearing dark clothes approached her and pushed her off the sidewalk into the street. She said that when she fell to the ground,
one of the suspects tried to grab her bag. The victim bit his hand, and he let go and fled with the other suspect. E. Fairmount Ave., 2700 block, March 11, 10:20 p.m. The victim was sitting on his front steps when the male suspect came around the corner, stopped in front of the victim, and slapped the phone from the victim’s hands. The victim pushed the suspect, and the suspect then produced a knife and cut the victim on the hand. The victim produced his own knife to protect himself, and the suspect fled without the phone. There were also two females accompanying the suspect; they did not participate in the robbery attempt, according to the report. S. Caroline St., 500 block, March 15, 2 a.m. The victim stated that while he was at a red light, three suspects walked up to his car, pulled him out, and assaulted him. Once the victim fell to the ground, a suspect got into his car and fled. Further investigation by DDU stated that the victim was intoxicated, located his car after the incident, and did not immediately call police.
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Quad Ave., 6700 block, March 15, 5:40 p.m. The victim said that he had been riding his dirt bike and was taking a break. He said that a green pickup truck approached, with three male suspects inside. One suspect asked the victim if he wanted to sell the dirt bike and got out of the truck. The victim put his bike in gear and tried to leave, but the suspect grabbed him around the neck and pulled him off. The victim tried to get it back, but the suspect pulled out a knife and rode away on the dirt bike.
S. Oldham St., 600 block, March 10, 2:31 p.m. An anonymous caller reported that two male juveniles were attempting to kick in the rear door of a vacant property. Responding officers found minor damage to the door, but no entry had been made. The juveniles fled prior to police arrival. Albemarle St., 500 block, March 10, 3:45 p.m. An unknown suspect gained entry by unknown means and took two bottles of Gucci perfume. There were no signs of forced entry; the victim believes that prior tenants still had a key and took her property. Boston St., 2300 block, March 11, 9:40 a.m. The victim reported that he heard a noise at his window, and saw his daughter and her boyfriend running away from it. The window had opened four inches but jammed, preventing the couple’s unauthorized entry. N. Highland Ave., 400 block, March 11, 1:20 p.m. Officers responded to the vacant during a burglary initiative and observed that the plywood covering the rear door was broken open. They found the suspect on a mattress on the second floor. He was arrested at the scene, and was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Eastern Ave., 4600 block, March 12, 6:24 a.m. The male suspect cut the power to the bar building and then went to a side door and shattered the glass with a hammer. He removed a large amount of alcohol from the bar as well as a collection jar, cash register and computer. He tried to break into an interior storage room to access the security camera system, but was unsuccessful. The incident was caught on camera; the alarm system had been cut off due to a large number of unfounded calls. S. Conkling St., 200 block, March 12, 11:40 a.m. The victim said that she saw an unknown man in her dining room, who ran out the back door when she saw him.
He did not take anything; he had entered through an unlocked rear door. An area canvass was negative. Esther Place, 3500 block, March 12, 8:35 p.m. Officers responded to a burglary call in which a neighbor reported an unknown male tampering with a screen. She believed he made it inside the home, which had no furniture and is believed to be vacant. The lights were on. When officers knocked, a head popped up in the basement stairwell and then hid. The door was kicked in, and the suspects were located. S. Linwood Ave., 700 block, March 13, 1:25 a.m. The victim woke up to noises coming from the first floor. When she went downstairs, she observed a man trying to remove a television. She yelled at him, and he fled. An area canvass was negative. Mt. Pleasant Ave., 300 block, March 13, 6:30 p.m. An unknown suspect took $10,000 in copper pipes and wiring from appliances. The property had been vacant for several months; the suspect gained entry by cutting off the realtor lock box. E. Baltimore St., 1600 block, March 14, 3:04 a.m. Officers responded to an alarm call, and found the front window broken out. The building was cleared. The reporting person did a walk-through and determined that the suspects had taken a laptop. A neighbor had seen a man and woman outside the building. City Watch captured them on camera in the area, carrying a bag with something square in it.
N. Luzerne Ave., 400 block, March 9, 4:31 p.m. The victim became angry at the suspect, who is her fiance’s sister. The victim reportedly was angry about the fact that the suspect comes over frequently. The two began fighting outside, and the suspect threw a thermos at the victim and missed. She then went to the car, got an unknown object, and hit the victim in the head with it repeatedly while pulling out locks of hair. The victim’s boyfriend broke up the fight. The victim needed staples in her head for the wound. A warrant was issued. N. Spring Ct., 200 block, March 14, 11:26 p.m. The victims reported that a woman was angry after an argument and waved a kitchen knife at both of them. She was arrested at the scene. For the full police log, please visit
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BY MARIO VALONE
Prices are up, but don’t get too greedy! This spring is setting up to be another optimal time for sellers in Baltimore. The current figures are showing that the current active inventory is down by nearly 10 percent compared to the same time last year. With the decrease in number of properties available, sellers are trying to take advantage of the low inventory, and the numbers show it. The average sale price for the Baltimore Guide area (21224 and 21231) is up $15,000 over last year. For buyers, the lower inventory means fewer properties from which to choose and paying a higher price for the properties that are available. For sellers, it means less competition and more ability to dictate sales prices. Sellers don’t always have the final say in the sale price of their properties. Most buyers are looking to obtain a mortgage on the property; part of obtaining that financing involves the lender getting an appraisal, which helps the buyer and lender ensure they are making a wise investment. If the appraiser determines that the property is not worth what the buyer is willing to pay, the seller often has to decrease the price of the property in order for the purchase to happen. If no agreement can be made, the property will go back on the market, awaiting another buyer. Basically, this means wasted time for both the seller and buyer. The goal for sellers in this type market, then, should be to obtain a price high for the area, but not so high that buyers are unable to get financing for the property. It’s great if
you can convince a buyer that the value of your property is high, but you will also have to convince their lender of the value too. The best way to determine your property’s value is to look at recent sales. It gives you a measuring stick and tells you, “This is what an actual buyer was willing to pay for this type of property in this location.” In Baltimore City, it’s likely that there is no property exactly like yours, but as long as the location and size are similar, you can calculate the rest. Values for items like parking, roof decks, and granite can be calculated; however, it is best if you can find properties that are similar in all aspects, including these. The lesson here is that with the low inventory, you can get more for your property, but you can’t obtain an unjustifiable number. Aim high but keep it within reason.
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BALTIMORE BA7962220 Nice 4 BR, 1.5 BA townhouse. As-is. Seller will make no repairs. Needs a little work, but shows well. Buyer responsible for verifying ground rent. If ground rent exists, seller will not redeem. Subject to third party approval.
BALTIMORE BC7992547 Beautiful Cape Cod bungalow style home with 3 BR and 3 FULL BS, finished LL, deck, spacious kitchen, mud room. Being sold strictly as-is, seller will make no repairs but shows very well. Sold subject to existing lease, exp. 9/30.
BALTIMORE BC8012612 3 BR, 3 BA Cape Cod with nice lot. Currently tenant occupied. Subject to third party approval. Sold as is. Buyer reponsible for verifying ground rent. If ground rent exists, seller will not redeem. Sold subject to existing lease.
BALTIMORE BA8145652 MUST SEE LISTING IN CANTON! 3 Story, 3 BR, 1.5 BA, 2 car garage. Updated kitchen & BA. Main level all hardwood, stainless appliances, granite, garage roof top deck great for outdoor entertaining.
BALTIMORE BC8168872 This is a lovely home with some tender love and care it can be your dream home. Parking pad in rear.
BALTIMORE BA8175955 This is a lovely 3 bedroom home with a finished lower level. 1.5 bath. Close to Bayview, shopping, schools and belt way. BALTIMORE BC8192305 This is a beautiful 3 bedroom 1 full 2 half bath home with finished lower level with fire place. 2 great decks overlooking the woods, eat in kitchen with formal dining room. This is a true must see.
BALTIMORE CITY BA8184224 This is a lovely 3 bedroom home with large living room and 1/2 bath on main level with large yard. This home is a must see.
BALTIMORE BA8228224 2-3 BR, 1.5 BA. Gourmet kitchen w/ upgraded stainless, breakfast bar & beautiful cabinets. FF den/3rd BR. Refinished hardwoods, laundry room & new bath on the upper level. New hvac, tile, carpet, doors & more!
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BALTIMORE BC8261643 Motivated Sellers. Priced to Sell Bring all offers. Buy cheaper then rent!!! Nice 2 Bedroom 1 Bath with Waterviews with new paint, new carpet, off street parking and fenced yard.
OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY, MARCH 23 • 1-3 9194 CARRIAGE HOUSE LN • HOWARD CO • $354,900 HOWARD CO HW8264867 3/4 BR (in-law suite), 3.5 BA, huge master suite w/ jacuzzi, walk-in closet, skylight. Hdwds on 1st fl. SS appl, granite, island, gas stove, wall mount tv’s. Wired for direct tv/fios. Crown molding, chair rail, cust. window treatments, wood blinds. BALTIMORE BC8278013 Lovely 3 BR/1.5 Bath. Many recent updates including carpet, paint, cabinets, kitchen flooring. Finished lower level with a half bath. Very convenient to Baltimore City, I 95, Bayview Hospital and shopping.
BALTIMORE CITY BA8277420 3 BR, 1.5 BA. New stove, refridgerator, carpet, paint. W/D included. Private parking in rear. Own your home for the price of renting, First time home buyers credits. Close to public transpotation, schools, shopping and churches. BALTIMORE BC8287606 Water privileged neighborhood. 4 bed, 2 full ba, 2 half ba w/ finished basement & attached garage. Back yard on cul-desac. Updated w/floors, new stove/oven, DW, heat pump, hot water heater to name a few. Ask about furniture.
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