Fines, license suspension for selling beer to underage man

Howard liquor board cracks down

April 28, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Selling beer to an underage, undercover police volunteer has proved costly to the owners of two Howard County liquor stores.

Rakesh Shah, licensee of a 7-Eleven located at 9049 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to stop selling alcohol on four days over two consecutive weekends starting May 6. The county's appointed Alcoholic Beverage License Board imposed a $600 fine on Winfield Kelly III's Woodbine Wine and Spirits located at 703 Lisbon Center Drive, in Lisbon, for the same offense.

The 19-year-old volunteer, watched by county police liquor inspector Detective Mark Baxter, bought beer without any request for identification at both stores, starting with the Woodbine store on Nov. 12, 2010. That clerk was later fired, according to board decisions released Wednesday. The 7-Eleven's turn came Dec. 12. Shah testified before the liquor board that a newly hired clerk had been unsupervised for several minutes.

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