Shops sell alcohol to kids

Christina O'Haver, The Union Democrat /

Nine people were cited on suspicion of selling alcohol to minors during a Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office operation on Saturday.

Six minors attempted to buy alcohol from 47 businesses in the county that are licensed by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Clerks who sold alcohol to the decoys were given criminal citations and reported to the Tuolumne County District Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Oliver said.

The clerks either didn't ask the decoys for identification or didn't read the IDs closely, the Sheriff's Office said.

Selling alcohol to a minor is a misdemeanor.

A first-time sale of alcohol to a minor by an ABC licensed business may result in a fine or license suspension for the business. A second sale within a three-year period is an automatic license suspension. A third sale within a three-year period can result in license revocation.

The Sheriff's Office occasionally conducts minor decoy programs but last weekend's sting was orchestrated by a local high school student for a mandatory senior project.

The student, whose name and school are not being released, contacted Sheriff Jim Mele several months ago to ask for his approval in organizing the program.

11897110
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
UPDATE: Probe begins in Don Pedro fire

05/25/2016

Investigators began sifting through the rubble of the Don Pedro Recreation Agency ... more

Big rig involved in wreck near Jamestown

05/26/2016

A big rig and three other vehicles collided Thursday morning on Highway ... more

Weather closes Tioga Pass

05/24/2016

Wintry weather at high elevations along the Central Sierra crest prompted closing ... more

Solutions sought for Sonora

05/26/2016

Many people have different ideas about problems stifling the City of Sonora’s ... more

A centenarian, plus 10

05/24/2016

Frances Bartels very well may be the oldest person in Tuolumne County. ... more