Employees from eight businesses in Warren County were charged with selling alcohol to a underage customers on the night before Thanksgiving.
The businesses in Deerfield Township and South Lebanon were also referred to the State of Ohio Liquor Board for citations, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
The cases were the result of compliance checks of 26 businesses with state liquor permits on Nov. 22, the night before Thanksgiving.
“Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a huge bar night for high school kids and kids coming back from college,” said Lt. Chris Peters of the sheriff’s office.
The businesses checked were in South Lebanon, as well as Deerfield and Franklin townships.
In Deerfield Twp., employees from Big Mikes Shell Gas, 3159 W State Route 22 & 3; BP Gas, 3180 W State Route 22 & 3; Bucks Tavern, 3299 W State Route 22 & 3; O’Bryan’s Wine and Spirits, 8972 Columbia Road; Mac’s Pizza, 2920 W State Route 22 & 3; Rusty Bucket, 5035 Deerfield Blvd.; and Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, 5065 Deerfield Blvd., were charged.
The eighth employee charged was working at Family Food Mart, 205 S.Mary Ellen St. in South Lebanon.
In each case, the employee is accused of failing to check to ensure an under-age confidential informant was old enough to be served or sold carry-out liquor, Peters said on Tuesday.
“Of course we want 100 percent compliance,” he said.
The Deerfield Twp. cases were filed in Mason Municipal Court, the South Lebanon case in Warren County Court.
Peters said the night before Thanksgiving was picked because it was a busy night for businesses selling alcohol. He said there were no complaints prompting the “operation.”
“We try to do it every so often,” Peters added.
The businesses would face state sanctions, once the local reports are referred to the state agents, Peters said.