Drying Out in Ashland?

1 decade 11 months 1 week ago Tuesday, June 19 2007 Jun 19, 2007 Tuesday, June 19, 2007 10:53:47 PM CDT June 19, 2007 in News

Some Ashland establishments that serve alcohol may have to go dry for a while. Missouri's Division for Alcohol and Tobacco control swept through the city on Sunday and found some businesses in violation.

"They checked ten establishments," Sgt. Robert Wescott of the Ashland Police Department said. "Four of those didn't make their compliance."

The goal was to make sure stores check for ID before selling alcohol.

"Minors and drinking are a major problem," Wescott said. "We try to be very proactive. We will stop any violation."

Gilmore's Gas and Grill and Break Time sold to minors. Management at both places said they already fired the employees.

Police also cited The Turtle Club. Management there said it's the first time since the restaurant opened sixteen years ago.

Casey's General Store rounded out the list, but the corporate office did not return calls seeking comment.

"The bartenders or clerks are issued a summons for a Class A misdemeanor violation for selling to a minor," Pete Lobdell, supervisor of the Division for Liquor Control, said. "We also issue an administrative violation to the licensee, whereby they could be fined or given a suspension."

A fine for a single violation can not exceed $1,000.

According to a press release by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, two of the offenders were also minors. Charges and any evidence will be presented in court a few weeks from now to determine the next steps.

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