Bangor Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team ran a weekend sting operation to see whether local stores were selling alcohol to minors, and four stores and their clerks were charged, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
A 19-year-old male volunteer went into 25 stores in Bangor between Friday and Sunday and attempted to purchase beer, wine or hard alcohol, Edwards said. He was successful four times.
“It’s getting better, but we can do better,” Edwards said. “The whole thing about enforcement is asking for identification. All they have to do is ask for the ID. He’s sent in without an ID and is told to tell the truth about his age when asked.”
One clerk asked for his birthday, the volunteer gave him the correct date, and the clerk still sold him alcohol, even though the volunteer is two years shy of the legal age required to purchase alcohol in Maine, Edwards said.
The following businesses and cashiers were charged with sale of liquor to a minor, a civil offense:
• Leadbetter’s Super Stop East, 322 Stillwater Ave., and clerk Leslie Colligan, 23, of Eddington.
• Corner Mini Mart, 554 Union St., and clerk Scott Anderson, 35, of Brewer.
• Corner Store, 575 Hammond St., and clerk Sharon Geagan, 46, of Bangor.
• Circle K, 301 Odlin Road, and clerk Jennifer Merrithew, 50, of Hampden.
The minimum first offense fine is $500 for businesses and $190 for clerks or cashiers, Edwards said. The Leadbetter’s Super Stop, which also was caught during a January special enforcement team underage drinking sting, probably will face a larger fine since it’s the store’s second offense, he said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)
A Rockland teenager attempted to get into Barnaby’s at the Ramada Inn on Odlin Road on Saturday using another woman’s Maine driver’s license, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Employees alerted Sgt. Brad Johnston, a special enforcement team member who was working the door, that Kristina Oakes, 19, had used a questionable identification around 11:40 p.m.
Johnston “questioned the girl trying to use the ID,” Edwards said, and told her “that he knew for a fact that it wasn’t her because he knew the girl on the license.”
Oakes was charged with misuse of identification. Kristen Gould, 23, of Corinna was charged with allowing unauthorized use of a license by another. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)