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July 4, 2014

11 Marion County businesses caught selling alcohol to minors

FAIRMONT — Eleven businesses in Marion County were caught selling alcohol to minors Wednesday night.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (ABCA) and the Family Resource Network (FRN), visited 52 Marion County establishments Wednesday evening as part of an alcohol sting.

Chief Deputy Ralph Wright said while undercover officers were inside the establishments, underage individuals were sent inside to attempt to buy alcohol. Of the 52 local visits, 11 sold alcohol to minors.

He said three teams were made and were sent around Marion County on Wednesday.

The 11 establishments that sold alcohol to minors were:

• Little General Store in Barrackville.

• Fairmont In & Out on Locust Avenue.

• 7-Eleven in Rivesville.

• Bylo Mart on Locust Avenue.

• Express Grocery in Mannington.

• Casey’s Confectionery in Farmington.

• Shop ’n Save in Mannington.

• Dollar General in Mannington.

• Little General Store on Bunner Ridge Road.

• Econo Mart on Morgantown Avenue.

• Krupa’s in Boothsville.

Wright said of the 11 that sold alcohol to minors, three of them had done so in the past. Those establishments were the Little General Store in Barrackville, the Fairmont In & Out on Locust Avenue and the 7-Eleven in Rivesville.

The establishments that didn’t sell to minors but were visited Wednesday were One Stop in Fairmont, Par Mar in Pleasant Valley, BFS on Pleasant Valley Road, Par Mar in Kingmont, Little General Store in White Hall, Go Mart in White Hall, BFS on Mall Loop, Circle K on Morgantown Avenue, CVS Pharmacy in Mannington, Little General Store in Farmington, Circle K in Fairview, Par Mar in the Greenbrier Plaza, 7-Eleven in Mannington, Dollar General in Worthington, Whitecottons in Worthington, Circle K on Morgantown Avenue, Par Mar on Old East Grafton Road, Little General Store on East Grafton Road, East Fairmont Shop ’n Save, Dollar General on Indiana Avenue, East Park Mart on East Park Avenue, Rite Aid Pharmacy on Fairmont Avenue, Go Mart on Fairmont Avenue, CVS Pharmacy on Bellview Boulevard, Handi Mart, Circle K in Monongah, CVS Pharmacy at Marion Square, Food Lion at Marion Square, Mountaineer Mart on Locust Avenue, Rich Oil No. 3955 on Pennsylvania Avenue, BFS in Rivesville, Fairmont Save-a-Lot at Fairhills Plaza, Smoker’s Friendly at Fairhills Plaza, Exxon on Fairmont Avenue, CVS Pharmacy on Beverly Road, South Fairmont Shop ’n Save, Dollar General on Country Club Road, Wal-Mart on Tygart Mall Loop, Little General Store in White Hall, BFS on Merchant Street and Rite Aid Pharmacy in Mannington.

Wright said only having 11 places sell to minors is a decrease from a sting that happened six months ago. During January’s sting, the department checked 28 establishments, with 15 of those selling alcohol to minors.

“My goal is to get 100 percent complied,” Wright said. “But it’s a whole lot better than the last time.”

At the establishments that did sell alcohol to minors, the individual who sold the beverage was cited. Wright said the establishments were also cited by the ABCA.

Wright said the biggest issue that came up Wednesday was that those employees who sold alcohol to minors didn’t properly check identification. He said owners and managers need to train their personnel on how to check identification.

“The biggest thing I want to get out there to the stores that sold is to train your employees,” Wright said.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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