Hancock County police crack down on sale of alcohol to minors

6:37 PM, Oct 15, 2013   |    comments
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ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Some Hancock County convenience store employees we surprised over the weekend when they were served a summons for Selling Liquor to a Minor.

This was all part of a compliance check set up by the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team.

47 Retailers in Hancock County were checked by the Hancock County Alcohol Enforcement Team. Of the 47, 9 failed by selling alcohol to a person who did not have proper identification to purchase it.

Those stores were Lamoine General Store in Lamoine, Pine Tree Market, Otter Creek Variety and Main Street Variety in Northeast Harbor, Rite Aid and Hulls Cove General Store in Bar Harbor, and Mike's Country store, Circle K and the Hilltop Mobil in Ellsworth.

One of the managers of a store that failed the compliance check, Jodi Colson of Mike's General Store,  says she is happy these types of checks exist to hold stores accountable. She continued to say now that the store has been made aware of a violation, steps will be taken to make sure no minor leaves her store with alcohol or cigarettes.

Officers say if you are worried that your store employees may not be in compliance, there are training courses available on how to properly sell alcohol in a convenience store in the state of Maine. Here are guidelines from the State of Maine's website: http://ow.ly/pQRlb


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