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3 Amherst businesses cited for underage alcohol sales


AMHERST — Three Amherst businesses were cited during an underage compliance check on Monday.

The Amherst Police Department, in partnership with STOP Underage Drinking Taskforce, used two confidential informants, ages 18 and 19, who tried to buy alcohol at 14 local establishments. Three businesses — Sunoco and BP on North Leavitt Road, and IGA on Milan Avenue — sold beer to the informants.

The operation, headed by Sgt. Michael Murphy, is funded through the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County. The purpose of the compliance checks was to gauge the extent to which retail outlets sell to minors, according to a news release from the police department.

Police said BP Gas Company, 801 N. Leavitt Road, was found to be a repeat offender for the third time in a row.

Currently, BP is in the process of contesting the second charge. A third charge will be sent to the State of Ohio Liquor Control Commission for review.

Police said employees who sold alcohol to the informants were cited for underage persons concerning and asked to appear at Oberlin Municipal Court on Aug. 22.

The employees who were found to be in compliance were recommended for a congratulatory letter from the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County and the Amherst Police Department.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or

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