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.
Elected officials, including Fifth District Councilman David Marks, delegates Eric Bromwell, Joe Boteler and John Cluster, and Sen. Kathy Klausmeier, 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.