Liquor store owner to pay $200 fine after clerk sells alcohol to teen-ager

March 22, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The owner of Oakland Mills Liquors has been fined $200 because his clerk sold beer and liquor to the teen-age son of another merchant in the village center.

Howard County's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board imposed the fine in an order dated March 14, and licensee Kenneth Keepers promised that it would not happen again. According to testimony, a county police officer on an anti-robbery patrol Sept. 25 noticed youths watching him and found alcohol in their car. They told police they bought the beverages at Oakland Mills Liquors without being asked for identification.

The store clerk, knowing that another merchant had ordered beverages for an event, said he thought the teen was picking up the order and sold him the beverages without checking his identification.

Keepers said his family has owned the store, in the 5800 block of Robert Oliver Place, for 20 years. He said there had been no other violations under his management.

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