Liquor store owners fined for sales to minors

October 18, 2006|By LARRY CARSON

The owners of two Howard County liquor stores were each fined $250 for serving underage customers sent into their stores in March by county police.

Anita and Prem Bansal, who own Absolutely Wine and Spirits in Wilde Lake, and Winfield Kelly III, licensee for Woodbine Wine and Spirits on Lisbon Center Drive, Woodbine, were fined by the county Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board.

Detective Martin Johnson sent an 18-year-old into the Wilde Lake store March 20. An employee and a security guard looked at a driver's license but sold the teen alcohol. The clerk realized the error and chased after the youth, but it was too late, according to testimony.

Johnson sent a 17-year-old volunteer into the Woodbine shop March 28, and Kelly admitted through an attorney that he was distracted that day and made the sale.

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