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3-27-09

 

 

 

 

 

 

STING OPERATION
Caught selling booze to minors

by Alan McArthur
Landmark reporter

Four employees at businesses in Platte City received citations for selling alcohol to minors.

The four businesses listed by the Platte City Police Department in violation of the city's ordinance are Bresette’s Price Chopper grocery store, Olive or Twist liquor store, the Red Dragon restaurant, and Maria's restaurant.

According to Richard Sayles, police chief, there are 12 businesses in Platte City with licenses to sell alcohol. All 12 were checked and four of them sold the alcohol to a minor.

The employees at the four businesses were issued summonses to appear in Platte City Court.

According to Sayles they could face a fine of up to $500, but usually the fine is less than the maximum. Sayles said it is up to the city's prosecutor to recommend a fine.

The enforcement was conducted by officers using a teen to purchase the alcohol on Friday, March 20. The enforcement started around 5 p.m. that day.

Platte City officers conduct the checks at least once a year to ensure compliance, Sayles said.

Businesses selling alcohol can face having their liquor license suspended by the city, according to the Platte City codes. The merchant’s liquor license through the state can also be revoked.

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