The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 20, 2013

5 Grant County locations sell alcohol to underage volunteer

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— Grant County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with PreventionWorkz conducted alcohol compliance checks at 12 locations Friday across Grant County.

Sheriff Scott Sterling and Deputy Jeremy Brittain partnered with PreventionWorkz’ Meri Spurlock, who provided an underage volunteer and solicited restaurants, grocery stores, bars and convenience stores during the checks.

Sterling said the underage volunteer used a true and correct driver’s license, which indicated the subject was under the age of 21. The volunteer also was instructed to tell his real age to any clerk who asked.

Twelve locations were checked in Grant County, of which five sold alcohol to the underage volunteer, giving Grant County a compliance rate of 58 percent.

Sterling said the alcohol compliance check was needed to help gauge the accessibility of alcohol to minors without having to recruit someone older to make the purchase for them.

“The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the communities in Grant County, and one part of that commitment is to monitor the accessibility of alcohol by monitoring the public to help keep alcohol out of the hands of underage persons,” Sterling said. “We’re going to try and do this a couple times a year.”

Those found non-compliant were: Kylie Gholson, Alicia Shaffer, Mikayla Backus-Scott, Joyce Kreiman and Debra Flemming. All parties found not in compliance were given a citation with a court date of 10 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013.

The five were charged with misdemeanor counts of sale/furnish beer to a minor. The punishment range is a $500 fine and up to one year in the county jail for the first offense.