Two liquor stores fined for sales to teenagers

December 20, 2006|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Reporter

A 17-year-old girl accompanied by a 19-year-old Howard County police cadet was able to buy alcohol without showing identification at two county liquor stores, resulting in a combined $1,500 worth of fines.

Chirag Patel, licensee for Savage Liquors, in the 8800 block of Gorman Road, drew the heavier penalty from the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board last week - a $900 fine for the March 28 infraction. Detective Martin Johnson was watching the young couple make their purchase just before 9 p.m.

Patel told the board that the employee who made the sale was rushed at closing time and no longer works for the store.

The board imposed a $600 fine on Kennard Warfield Jr. and James Myers, licensees of Old Tyme Liquors in the 13500 block of Triadelphia Road, Glenelg, for a similar infraction the same night. Johnson found the store without a manager trained in alcohol management on duty, and without proper employee records, as well.

But the owners said their accountant was recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery and had the employee records at home. The manager was being treated for cancer and could not work and Warfield was stuck in Florida by a flight delay and was late to work, the owners said.

The board also imposed a $100 fine on Agnes Furr, licensee of Sam and Elsie's in the 9900 block of Washington Blvd., Laurel, for allowing patrons to remain on the premises more than 15 minutes after closing Feb. 25.

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