Clerk charged with selling beer to police cadet, 19

March 08, 1996|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged a Lisbon liquor store clerk with selling beer to a 19-year-old police cadet during countywide liquor inspections of five businesses Wednesday.

Glen Martin Ross III, 49, of the 6500 block of White Rock Road in Sykesville, was issued a criminal citation after an underage cadet in plainclothes bought alcohol at the Beverage Shop in the 700 block of Lisbon Center Drive, police said.

The penalty for selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21 is $1,000 and up to two years in jail.

The unannounced inspections of the licensed businesses occurred Wednesday afternoon. Typically, the cadet enters a store and tries to buy beer without proper identification while a liquor inspector lingers nearby to witness the sale.

If the cadet is allowed to purchase alcohol without being asked for identification, the clerk is charged. The owners of the liquor stores must appear before the county liquor board and could have their licenses suspended, police said.

Police said the businesses that refused to sell alcohol to the cadet during Wednesday's inspections were Lu & Joe's in Mount Airy, Friendship Liquors in West Friendship, Olde Tyme Liquors in Glenelg and Your Wine Shoppe in Ellicott City.

Pub Date: 3/08/96

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