Five Howard stores accused of selling to minors

Violators found among 20 places tested

November 16, 2010|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Owners of five Howard County liquor stores and restaurants are facing liquor law violations for allegedly selling alcohol to underage customers without asking for any identification in a police sting tried on 20 county outlets.

County police said two teenage volunteers were able to buy alcoholic beverages at Centennial Cue and Karaoke in Ellicott City, Dobbin Square Liquors in Columbia, Friendship Liquors in West Friendship, Montpelier Liquors in North Laurel, and Woodbine Wine and Spirits in Woodbine. The teens were turned away at 15 other places the police tested in a sweep Friday.

They said both volunteers were able to buy beverages at the Centennial Cue and Karaoke, and Dobbin Square Liquors was also cited for not having a certified, trained alcohol worker on the premises. All the cases will be referred to the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board.

County police chief William J. McMahon said the effort is part of a broad effort to curb underage drinking in the county. He is sending letters of commendation to the 15 places that refused to serve the teens. Citizens who know of places that sell to minors should report them at 410-313-STOP, police said.

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