Undercover Operation Targets Sale of Alcohol to Underage Persons

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*Boone Police press release*

Since July 18, 2013, the Boone Police Department has been conducting alcohol compliance checks throughout the Town of Boone to determine if establishments would provide alcohol to someone less than 21 years-of-age.  As of August 8, 2013, 75 businesses have been checked.  At 12 of those businesses, an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person.

The businesses where an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person are:

  • Carolina Petro located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Glug Beverages located on West King Street
  • Earthfare located on West King Street
  • Wilco located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Walgreens located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Ruby Tuesday’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Chili’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Applebee’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Kangaroo located on West King Street
  • Los Arcois located on Boone Heights Drive
  • Paolucci’s located on Howard Street
  • Amalfi’s located on Rivers Street

 

Each of the following individuals was  issued a citation for selling or providing alcohol to a person less than 21 years-of-age:

Samual Kunkle – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Jonathan T. Dickerson – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Matthew J. Deam – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Alanna G. Lyle – W/F – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Ariel R. Gould – W/F – Sell Unfortified Wine To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Shannon L. Hincher – W/F – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Christopher G. Mulholland – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Howard W. Edmiston, IV – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Stephanie E. Martin – W/F – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Juan C. Garcia – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Jason M. McLaughlin – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

Richard C. Sobe – W/M – Give Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

 

This alcohol enforcement effort was made possible through a partnership between the Boone Police Department and the Western Youth Network.  “We were fortunate enough to partner with the Watauga Youth Network on a grant program that provided the funding necessary for this effort.” – Lt. Danny Houck – Boone Police Department

This enforcement program is ongoing and more compliance checks are scheduled.  “We wanted to see how prevalent the problem was and found that 16% of businesses sold alcohol to under aged persons.  We hope that our enforcement campaign will cause those who serve alcohol in our community to be cautious.  It is our hope, now that we have released this information, that we not catch anyone in violation the next time we conduct this operation.” – Capt. Andy Le Beau

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