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Originally published: 2013-08-20 17:10:16
Last modified: 2013-08-20 17:10:16

Alcohol compliance checks continue

by Staff Reports

Continued alcohol compliance checks by the Boone Police Department have resulted in four more local bar employees being charged with providing alcohol to an underage person, police announced Tuesday.

Since Aug. 8, police have visited eight businesses and found that four provided alcohol to a person younger than 21: Char on Howard Street, Murphy's Pub on West King Street, Klondike Cafe on Hardin Street and Town Tavern on Faculty Street.

Police issued citations to Zachary Kane Corsi, Tyler Alan Thornburgh, Brian Matthew Fry and Micah Elizabeth Galloway for selling malt beverages to someone younger than 21, Boone Police Department said.

The continued enforcement effort is the work of Boone Police Department in conjunction with Western Youth Network and the Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention group. So far, 83 businesses have been checked, with 16 of those providing alcohol to underage patrons.

Police plan to continue random compliance checks this fall.

"The Boone Police Department encourages every business that sells alcohol to check identification and verify age every time," said Lt. Danny Houck. "We were surprised by the number of establishments that failed to do so."

Police Chief Dana Crawford thanked those businesses who adhered to the law.

"I would like to commend the businesses and their employees who took the time to follow the rules and help keep our community safe," Crawford said.