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Former Senator Theatre Owner Arrested

Tom Kiefaber, the former owner of the historic theater, was arrested for trespassing on Monday.

Tom Kiefaber, the former owner of the Senator Theatre and , was arrested for trespassing on Monday, according to Baltimore City police.

Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, confirmed via email that Kiefaber had been arrested.

Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, commander of the Northern District, said that Kiefaber was arrested at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, at about 10 a.m. Monday.

Tapp-Harper, who was not at the scene, said the supervisor that was there at the time of the arrest reported Kiefaber allegedly made threats to harm people inside the building, but could not confirm what exactly he said.

According to electronic court records, James "Buzz" Cusack, the theater’s current operator, filed seven charges against Kiefaber during the last month related to harassment and trespassing.

Last year Kiefaber was after a protective order was issued to Cusack’s daughter and business partner Kathleen Lyon. The protective order was issued after a confrontation between Kiefaber and theater employees during a midnight screening of the final Harry Potter film.

Kiefaber also caused a stir last year when he during a City Council meeting because he was upset about a bill placing the historic theater’s interior on the city landmark list.

He challenged City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young in the 2011 Democratic primary and lost. 

Kiefaber, and a group called Friends of the Senator, have recently been documenting the ongoing rehabilitation of the theater via their Facebook page, and what they allege are violations occurring at the site.

He was the owner of the theater until a few years ago when financial problems forced him to relinquish the art deco building that was built by his family. Kiefaber has maintained that the city handled the situation poorly, and that it sabotaged his efforts to turn the theater over to a nonprofit to run as a mixed use entertainment venue.  

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Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Glad you spoke to Friends of the Senator Facebook page as being fact filled though...
Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Glad you spoke to Friends of the Senator as fact fill though!
Balt Observer September 02, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Well, if you want to meet Kiefaber, you better do it soon or you'll need a ticket to the can to meet him. You certainly do bear a certain resemblance to the Kiefaber lackey nutters though. Like them, you are quick to resort to name calling and churlishness when the argument isn't going your way.
Colin September 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
hey balt your a hypocrite telling buck that hes quick to resort to name calling do you remember the things you been saying? Your saying the man is clearly not all there cause of how he looks in a mug shot?
Balt Observer September 02, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Oh, I will happily savage the subject of this article as I think he most definitely deserves it. I try to be civil with those that engage me in discussion though, until they choose otherwise.
Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Any attempt at reasonable debate with Balt Observer is like playing chess with a pigeon....No matter how good you are at chess, the pigeon walks all over the board, craps on it, knocks over the pieces and then struts around with his chest puffed out as though he were the winner of something....check the time line of name calling Pa tch Pigeon...
Balt Observer September 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Actually, I think that any attempt to defend Kiefaber is doomed to fail precisely because you're dealing with the unhinged, deranged Kiefaber. The man is a habitual loser and that is simply not going to change.
Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Said the coward hiding behind a false or fake identity.....who in their right mind would respect that kind of statement ....retard...
Balt Observer September 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Yep, you'll fit right in with the rest of the Kiefaber lackey nutters. I encourage you to sign right up for the loser brigade. Happy trails.
Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I accept your surrender to this topic, newest member of the Patch Pigeon brigade....keep the poo flying ...!
Balt Observer September 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Hahaha...surrender? Hardly. I accepted your surrender when the only retorts you could come up with were such unsavory, politically incorrect insults such as "retard".
Buck Harmon September 02, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Truth must really hurt....even when you hide behind a fake name....I'm sorry that I struck a note of truth there...
AH September 03, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Mr. Harmon, I think you are one of a number of empathetic people who have fallen prey to Tom Kiefaber and Laura Perkins' juggernaut of unsubstantiated, vile accusations about -- count 'em -- upwards of 20 individuals and entities in Baltimore. We don't need citizens duped into accepting easy untruths about corruption and incompetence -- it just polarizes people and poisons the liklihood of any useful examination of issues, any productive assessment of governance and political decison-making, any chance for input into the Senator's renovation process. His name-calling isn't getting him, or us, anywhere good. He has made any kind of civil conversation about the Senator impossible. He has robbed the Cusacks and the community of any opportunity for meaningful information sharing or collaboration by creating a war zone. He has failed to supply facts to substantiate his extremist allegations and now, it seems, he has crossed the line into law-breaking, all while blaming absolutely everybody from the governor to local reporters for his travails. He sees the world in black and white, but, hey, it's grey. He's not a superhero, and the other players in this overwrought drama he's concocted aren't villains. There's no conspiracy, no malevolent plot. He's living in the movies. Meanwhile, those of us in the real world need you here, with us.
Bart September 03, 2012 at 01:18 AM
I can see both sides of this issue. The Senator has been in Kiefaber's family for a couple of generations, and he was having trouble keeping it solvent. Perhaps he made some poor business decisions; running it like his own private fifedom, not taking credit cards for example. He tried to keep it a grand, large theater, rather than those broom closets we're forced to watch movies in now. I give him credit for trying to offer the public something different, but, they weren't really buying, and he wasn't willing to change.
Balt Observer September 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
So, does anyone else want to defend or attempt to justify the maniacal, criminal actions of this wild-eyed, red-faced crackpot?
Buck Harmon September 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Spreadin more poo there Patch Pigeon..? I understand ....it's the best you have to offer..keep up the good work, crappin up the board..
Balt Observer September 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
I'll take that as a no, Buck. You have utterly no defense or justification for the bizarre and crazy hijinks of our local crackpot.
Buck Harmon September 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Based on the content and tone of your crazed comments I would place you at 2 steps below his genius....pop your little pigeon brain out of the gutter once in a while...it can be refreshing....fluff your feathers instead of wandering aimlessly with them ruffled...silly boy..
Bart September 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Maniacal? Criminal? ........ Exagerate much? My guess is that you have some stake in this, also. The city hasn't exactly had clean hands in all this, either. You have no credibility.
AH September 03, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Mr. Harmon, I guess you're having a good time sparring with Baltimore Observer. Fine by me, but you are missing his/her core point -- Tom Kiefaber's behavior is WAY out there. You have to agree; he's provided us with years of material. He justifies himself by claiming he's been persecuted by a corrupt cabal spanning the administrations of no fewer than three mayors. Please do the right thing by everybody and stop encouraging him and his equally impaired partner in destruction, Laura Perkins. Again, it doesn't do anyone any good to entertain his wish to pretend that his loss has been caused by something more than his lack of business acumen and, more importantly, emotional intelligence.
Balt Observer September 03, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Yes, absolutely maniacal and criminal. Our local crackpot is a budding cross between the Reverend Jim Jones and "Aurora" James Holmes, and if I can find fault with the government's handling of this case, it's that Kiefaber has not been compelled to undergo mandatory psychiatric examination. His behavior over the years has provided ample evidence that this intervention is needed, for both the safety of the public as well as his own safety.
Buck Harmon September 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
AH,Thank you for sharing your thoughts..You are obviously more well versed with Mr. Kiefaber than I am...hopefully. I tend to give the benefit of doubt more often than not regarding issues that occur between private citizens and government at any level. It has been my experience that government tends to roll over private citizens when their agenda has been challenged in some way. I believe that every citizen has a civic responsibility to always question perceived authority, and this does not happen enough. Those that choose to question authority are often mocked and ridiculed by unknown forces within the government that may be questioned...in this case perhaps the no name posters. It is probably because of what I don't know that I will continue to defend the little guy with questions of my own. I don't trust our government at any level today. Until there is a reason to, I will continue to defend another human beings right to challenge or question authority. No one on this blog has provided anything more than negative claims based on government action against this man. Until proven otherwise with substantial fact I will defend the perceived underdog. Thank you very much for your well worded opinions though...they are respected..
Bart September 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
AH, I will agree with you on a couple of points. Eccentric?....probably. Poor bisiness decisions?....you bet. At this point, he is his own worst enemy. There was a time when The Senator was a point of artistic achievement and put Baltimore on the map. Some counseling will probably do him some good, but the jails are already overcrowded with dangerous criminals.
AH September 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I agree with your overall philosphy about questioning authority, Mr. Harmon. We seem to have shared some life lessons. But life has also taught me to question everybody -- including the "little guy." We live in an age in which all kinds of people engage in hyperbole, character assassination, and sloppy thinking. Too few do the hard work of really informing themselves and many are way too sure that they are right, for my tastes, about a wealth of subjects not easily reduce to right and wrong. Years of observing Mr. Kiefaber in action convince me that he does way more wronging than he is wronged. No practical way to provide you with a blow by blow of why. I will say that once upon a time I used my name in these forums, only to be vilified by the FOTS and called names by Mr. K himself. Such is the fate of any who take issue with his antics. I bother now because you say "I don't trust government." Plenty of reasons for that; so we don't need people like Mr. Kiefaber exploiting and fueling that perspective without making a credible case if we are going to succeed at making government more effective and transparent. We need rationality, civility, and balance, not self-indulgent public tantrums a la TK. Thanks for listening!
AH September 03, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Bart, from my layman's perspective, I think it's highly unlikely that Mr. Kiefaber is going to jail. He's facing misdemeanor charges, not felonies (despite his manipulative ranting about the Cusacks and plans being taken from a city office), and he has no record. Even if the Cusacks/State pursue the charges, he'll most likely have some chance to work out a resolution that keeps the matter from going to trial. And in worst case, it all seems ripe for some judgment other than jailing. On the other hand, he does seem to revel in the opportunity his arrest provided to grandstand, so who knows? That's one alarming aspect of this situation -- TK almost never does what a reasonable person would do, which leads me, at least, to worry a smidgen about just how far he would go.
Balt Observer September 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Fortunately, I see closure coming for this unfortunate and sordid chapter of Senator history. I do believe that Kiefaber will be getting some jail time - probably not much, but I do think the court will take into account his history and will send a stronger message. I also hope that he is compelled to undergo psychiatric evaluation. The other great development is the Cusack's taking ownership of the theatre. This will truly remove a good deal of the FOTK's arguments. I am hopeful that the Senator is entering a bright new chapter of its history, and that some of those that have supported Kiefaber will choose to enter this new chapter with an open mind.
Bart September 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I just hope they do the best for Baltimore. I loved the Senator, knew Kiefaber, but never met him (actually he is a distant relative). The Senator is a rare gem that I hope can be preserved. Baltimore needs to preserve all its historical buildings, and I hope it is preserved as best it can be. Jail time for Kiefaber won't serve anyone other than to make some otherwise spiteful bystanders feel "justice has been done". Fear the punishers.
Balt Observer September 04, 2012 at 02:03 AM
You seem to have the misguided notion that this is a victimless crime. It is not. Perhaps instead of continuing with this irrational pity for Kiefaber, you should have more compassion for his victims that he has terrorized and threatened.
Buck Harmon September 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
You sound more like the terrorist than Tom does Balt Observer...at least he doesn't hide behind a fake name while saying what's on his mind.....pure poo from you...silly boy..
Balt Observer September 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
You might try actually reading the articles you are commenting on, Buck Harmon. Perhaps you'll learn something and put that knowledge to good use when you comment.


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