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Kamenetz: Recher Responsible for Altercation Outside Towson Business

Officials say investigation could result in a liquor board hearing and sanctions against the business' liquor license.

UPDATED (7:51 p.m.)—Owners of the Recher Theater in Towson are responsible for an altercation early Sunday that resulted in the arrests of seven people, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday.

"There is nothing wrong with downtown Towson," Kamenetz said. "There is nothing wrong with the vast majority of the businesses that operate in in downtown Towson. There's nothing wrong with our college students—particularly Towson University."

"I really lay the blame on one particular operator here who delegated responsibility to some third-party promoter and I've got a real problem with that because they have a liquor license and they have responsibility to maintain not only order within their premises but those who are outside their premises who are there because of the event they are promoting," Kamenetz said.

Kamenetz and police Chief Jim Johnson criticized the owners of the Recher Theater and their handling of a private event at the club that ended in a fight outside.

Johnson said police were already patrolling the area in larger numbers because of homecoming activities at Towson University.

"We were well aware there were univeristy events and officers were in place to deal with that evening," Johnson said, adding that no students from Towson were involved in the incident.

"Only one individiual identified himself as a college student," Johnson said."We do not believe that it had anything to do with Towson University homecoming festivities."

Johnson said he did not know what college the person attended.

Kamenetz said many of those who attended the event at the Recher Theater Saturday and early Sunday "were from outside the Baltimore metropolitan area."

Johnson said promoters of the event directed people to Towson via social media when other events they had planned that night "did not develop."

Johnson declined to name the promoter of the event, said to be Theta Mu Mu chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, a post-collegiate group not directly affiliated with any university.

Police continue to investigate the incident, Johnson said, and added that such incidents in Towson are relatively rare.

Kamenetz said the conclusion of the investigation could result in the police forwarding the case to the Baltimore County Liquor Board Commission.

Despite the incident Sunday, officials said concerns about Towson being unsafe are unwarranted.

"We're very confident that an incident like this will not repeat itself," Johnson said.

A test of those words could come as soon as tomorrow.

An event called Barstool Blackout was scheduled for tomorrow evening at the bar. Promoters announced on their website that they were postponing until a later date due to the brawl. The event attracted students from Towson University last year and is sold out this year.

Buck Harmon September 29, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Kamenetz is playing the Towson political mouth piece game...nothing more. Had this situation occurred in most other Baltimore Co. towns nothing would have been said by him. The politics of Towson are at play here....nothing more, nothing less. Another bad job KK...
balto county citizen September 29, 2012 at 09:27 PM
meh... ur the crotchity one that hides behind an anonymous account to hate on people. go away.
Buck Harmon September 30, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I'm not sure what the heck you are referring to here "calm down", I have always been self employed and don't rely on the government for anything...still working as well... I can see why you are afraid to use a real name....you spout pointless crap with no meaning what so ever....sounds like you could be KK's right hand man ..
Buck Harmon September 30, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Wow..you really ARE on a looney tune tangent here...don't know a Wayne Harmon, no member of my family as far as I can tell....I have restored buildings historically for the last 32 years in the area though...way off with this assumption. tou would seem to be an ass AND a coward, terrified of your real name...

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