3 Howard businesses cited for selling alcohol to minor

Volunteer, 20, was working for police

March 21, 2010|By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com

Three Howard County businesses were cited recently for selling alcohol to a 20-year-old volunteer working for the Police Department.

According to Howard County police, St. John's Liquors in Ellicott City, All Saints Liquors in Laurel and a 7-Eleven in Ellicott City have been notified that they will be brought before the county's Alcohol Beverage Hearing Board for violations. The test of local establishments took place March 11, police said.

The volunteer, whose identity was not disclosed, showed clerks at each establishment his Pennsylvania driver's license, which showed he was underage. The volunteer was allowed to buy alcohol, police said.

Police said that four other businesses did not allow the volunteer to buy alcohol.

Employees of Spirit Shop in Ellicott City, Troy Farms Liquors in Elkridge, Mel's Liquors in Jessup and JP's Fine Wine & Spirits in Jessup, will receive letters of appreciation from Howard County police chief William McMahon commending them for helping curb underage drinking.

The tests were part of a continuing effort to fight underage drinking in the county. Police encourage anyone aware of underage drinking or establishments that sell alcohol to minors to call 410-313-STOP.

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