Five Harford establishments allegedly sell alcohol to minor in sting

July 28, 2011

Five establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in Harford County failed a recent compliance test run by the county's liquor control board by allegedly selling alcohol to a minor who was working undercover for the board.

The five alleged violators included two golf clubs, a hotel, a restaurant and an American Legion post, according to a liquor board news release.

Twenty-two Harford County licensed alcohol locations were randomly tested on July 23 by using personnel from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, an underage employee from the Liquor Control Board's undercover program and an inspector from the Harford County Liquor Control Board, according to the news release.

The compliance testing program is conducted during random times throughout the year to validate that alcohol licensed establishments are lawfully selling alcoholic beverages. The testing is performed at licensed establishments in Harford County which includes on these particular testing dates off premises sales (liquor stores), full service restaurants and fraternal and private clubs. This test also included checks at licensed restaurants and clubs and an Aberdeen motel, which is licensed by the liquor control board to offer room service of alcoholic beverages.

"Anyone who is granted the privilege of having a license to sell and serve alcohol must be vigilant in checking their patrons to see if they are of legal age to purchase alcohol no matter what type of establishment they operate." Donald Hess, the liquor board chairman, said in the release.

The locations that allegedly served the underage purchaser were Mountain Branch Golf Course in Joppa; Wetlands Golf Club near Aberdeen; Hilton Garden Inn in Aberdeen; American Legion Post 47 in Havre de Grace and Half Pints Sports Pub near Bel Air.

The locations that were tested and found in compliance by not selling to the underage liquor board employee were Mountain Road Deli; Maria D's; Freddie's Fine Wines; Venetian Palace Restaurant; BBX Liquors; Flying Point Marina; Abingdon Liquors; Carsins Run Store; LaTolteca Restaurant in Aberdeen; Greene Turtle in Aberdeen; Olive Tree Restaurant; Aberdeen Liquors; Silks Restaurant at Bulle Rock; Ripken Stadium; Moose Lodge 1450 in Aberdeen; Bull on the Beach and Bonefish Grille.

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