Compliance check yields violations police say

Police: 10 establishments sold to 'underage buyer'

Ten licensed liquor establishments in Craig failed a weekend compliance check, and the employees involved will be cited in Moffat County Court, the Craig Police Department announced Tuesday.

The Police Department reported that it conducted the compliance check Saturday at 28 establishments, 18 of which "refused to sell to the underage purchaser based on identification requirements under Colorado state statutes.

"Ten establishments sold alcohol to the underage buyer," police said in a news release.

The number of violations equaled those of a January operation, police reported.

"This was a follow up from the compliance checks that were completed in January of 2008," police said in the release. "Ten businesses violated Colorado state statutes by selling to an underage person during this check and unfortunately the trend has continued for some establishments."

Capt. Jerry DeLong said police are not releasing the names of eight businesses that allegedly failed compliance checks until the employees involved are issued court summonses.

The employees are being cited for unlawful act of selling to an underage person, a misdemeanor, DeLong said.

Police did release the names of two businesses - the east and west Kum & Go convenience stores - which were already on probation from the Craig Liquor Licensing Authority for past violations. The seven-member Craig City Council serves as the Liquor Licensing Authority.

"Based on this violation, their licenses were suspended (Monday) for a period of 10 days," police said.

DeLong said the compliance checks are the Police Department's answer to addressing a community concern. Compliance checks help to ensure alcohol is being kept out of the hands of youths, he said.

Leonard taking part in institute in California

Commander Bill Leonard has been chosen as one of 24 law enforcement officers across the country to participate May 17 to 21 in the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women, the Police Department announced Monday.

"During the three-day institute taking place in San Francisco, Commander Leonard, along with the other selected participants, will explore innovative approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking," the Police Department reported in a news release. "Additional attention will center on assessing agency performance and sharing challenges and solutions with law enforcement colleagues."

Expenses to attend the institute are paid through a grant to the International Association of Chiefs of Police, of which the Police Department is a part. The grant to the Association is from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

Comments

grannyrett 5 years, 11 months ago

It must be the same ones over and over who fail the compliance checks. Something more needs to be done. I saw in the Steamboat Springs paper where they had 100% compliance with their last check. There is no excuse for this again and again.

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freeman 5 years, 11 months ago

i agree ,employees are hard to predict and sometimes harder to train,but when it comes to serving and/or selling alcohol.you being the owner and management,you should always be sure things are being done to the T .And if it is you that gets caught doing things like what has happened,you the management and responsible person/persons should be fined and liquor license be suspended like anyone else that gets caught with a liquor violation.Ten days suspension of license is no where what it should be ??? the penalty for this violation should be the same as any liquor violation that gets handed down to us ,,the public .The establishments should get hit alot harder than ever being a repeat offender?????go ahead city council,,,let another liquor store open up like we really need anotner one on our streets,,,,,,,

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