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Violence Exposes Illegal Night Club in Baltimore

Posted: Jan. 31st, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
WJZ Baltimore

A popular but under the radar club in Baltimore was exposed after a violent triple shooting. The owner, Timothy Fraser, was charged with two counts of operating an illegal bar in addition to several other serious charges, despite Fraser's adamant denial of guilt. The event has drawn the ire of city councilmen, who are now pressing to see the establishment shut down.

The owner of a West Baltimore restaurant has been charged with operating an illegal after-hours club, police said, after a triple shooting this month in which a man was killed outside the establishment.

Timothy Fraser, 58, owner of Ras-a-ter International, was charged Tuesday with two counts of operating his restaurant as an illegal bar, three counts of failing to have a licensed security firm on premises and three counts of violating capacity limits of 150.

Baltimore housing authorities say the charges, based on city zoning codes, are a first step toward halting predawn operations at the restaurant. The misdemeanor charges each carry a penalty of up to a year in jail.


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