John Freeland, co-owner of the SPIN restaurant and nightclub, asked to be taken off of the license
The Board of License Commissioners for Washington County, known as the liquor board, levied the fine against John Freeland, co-owner of the SPIN restaurant and nightclub at 43 S. Potomac St., during a hearing at the liquor board offices on West Washington Street in Hagerstown.
The liquor board said an FBI background check on Freeland
showed that he
had been convicted of felonies and misdemeanors in Florida in the 1990s.
Liquor licensees in Maryland are not permitted to have felonies on their records and must swear to that when they fill out an application for a liquor license.
After an application is completed, it is sent to the FBI
The liquor board did not release Freeland
's FBI background check to the media, but Mades said during the hearing that some of the charges against Freeland included resisting arrest, grand theft and obstruction without violence.
initially said he
received an FBI check on his
background that was clear, then admitted to acquiring some criminal charges when he
was "hanging out with a bad crowd."
said that to his
knowledge, those charges had been expunged.
"This stuff is not supposed to be on my records anymore," Freeland
asked the board to take him off SPIN's liquor license.
The liquor board agreed, saying the two people who already were on the license with Freeland - co-owner Robert Hagerman and resident agent Renee Levin - would be sufficient for the business to continue serving alcohol.
involvement with SPIN was mostly financial.
"I'm the money, that's pretty much it," he
"I don't even come to town."
wouldn't be able to pay the $2,500 fine, which he
has 30 days to appeal at Washington County Circuit Court.
"We definitely don't have the money" Freeland