July 15, 1992 |
It wasn't just the money or the E&D brandy Joe Brown wanted from the state liquor stores he robbed; he wanted revenge. Brown, 39, a construction worker, was denied a workman's compensation claim last year and was angry at the state. So, the prosecution said, Brown formed a robbery gang and targeted state stores. Yesterday, Brown, of Victoria Street near Elder, pleaded guilty to six of the 20 armed robberies he was accused of in exchange for an agreement with the district attorney to drop the other cases.
August 23, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The state Ethics Commission has launched an inquiry into allegations that three top officials at the Liquor Control Board accepted gifts and favors last year from vendors and other businesses with an interest in liquor regulation. Ethics Commission officials have interviewed at least five employees of the LCB, most of them in the last week, about the allegations contained in a confidential report completed in March by the Inspector General's Office and forwarded to Corbett administration officials.
April 2, 1987 |
Without fanfare, Gov. Casey yesterday formally announced his plan to restructure the state Liquor Control Board. The key element in Casey's proposal is what it does not do: It leaves the much-criticized State Store system virtually unchanged. The changes Casey has proposed are relatively minor. His plan would replace the three-member, part-time LCB with a three-member, full-time Alcoholic Beverage Commission. And the enforcement of state liquor laws would be transferred from the LCB to the state police.
August 11, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The state's ill-fated venture into wine vending machines might never have been uncorked if the Liquor Control Board had listened to its own evaluation panel's warnings in 2008. So say copies of documents distributed Wednesday by state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, who is pushing to privatize the liquor board. According to the records handed out by Turzai's office, an LCB evaluation committee recommended in July 2008 that the board not enter into a contract with Conshohocken-based Simple Brands, the company proposing to supply the wine kiosks.
December 18, 1986 |
A request from the state Liquor Control Board to temporarily halt Gov. Thornburgh's plan to dismantle Pennsylvania's liquor monopoly was turned down yesterday by Commonwealth Court President Judge James C. Crumlish Jr. Crumlish refused to issue a temporary restraining order, which would have prohibited further progress on the LCB termination until the court determined whether an executive order signed by Thornburgh on Dec. 1 was legal. In his order, Crumlish wrote that "without addressing the legality of the executive order," the LCB had not "established sufficient irreparable harm" to require the temporary restraining order.
March 19, 1987 |
Gov. Casey's proposals to reform the state liquor system, which began circulating among legislative leaders last night, would retain the Liquor Control Board for five more years but would make changes in enforcement, marketing and administration, government sources said yesterday. Those sources said that Casey would call for reforms in a few key areas and that perhaps the most significant would be to shift enforcement of liquor laws from the LCB to the state police, a change sought by former Gov. Dick Thornburgh during his attempts in the last six years to change the liquor system.
January 12, 1987
Staff writer Inga Saffron's Dec. 28 article on the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's border patrol underscored in frightening detail the disgusting mentality of a government bureaucracy that has usurped individual freedom. It certainly is an indictment of the bureaucracy that the citizens of Pennsylvania are driven to buy liquor across the border in the first place. But rather than come up with constructive thinking on how to solve the problem - by eliminating the LCB and privatizing wine and liquor sales - those with narrow vision and vested interests continue with a punitive approach.
September 7, 1990 |
Citing a review by her department, Auditor General Barbara Hafer yesterday blamed Gov. Casey and the legislature for requiring the Liquor Control Board to keep 13 "superfluous" jobs that cost taxpayers $657,000 a year. The positions, which were continued when the LCB was reorganized in 1987, are held by attorneys with private practices who are paid more than $50,000 each in salary and benefits to serve as hearing examiners for as little as three days a month. "This represents pork-barrel politics at its worst," said Hafer, who is the Republican nominee for governor against Democrat Casey.
February 4, 1987 |
Lawmakers apparently have decided to tackle two major Liquor Control Board issues in a single legislative package, ignoring pleas from LCB officials to quickly extend the agency's life, then work on reforms later. Charles Bacas, top aide to House Majority Leader James J. Manderino (D., Westmoreland), said negotiations were under way to include changes in the agency's operation in a bill extending the life of the LCB. "What's at issue is the nature of the reforms," said Bacas.
June 10, 1988 |
Members of the state Liquor Control Board and their wives were dinner guests of a major LCB supplier on a yacht in Florida last month, just before the start of a conference of state liquor officials. Chairman James A. Goodman and board members Oliver L. Slinker and Robert P. Fohl, who were appointed by Gov. Casey last year, and their wives were guests of Pio Wines, a Montgomery County firm that supplies the LCB with Gallo wines and Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers, among other products.