Four charged during Derry alcohol compliance checks
DERRY — Planned to coincide with prom and graduation season, Derry police and New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement officers conducted 47 compliance checks of local stores and restaurants on Thursday.
The checks resulted in four employees at various businesses throughout town being charged with allegedly selling alcohol to minors, which is a violation.
The following is a list of establishments/sales persons who are alleged to have sold alcohol to minors: Sabatino’s North Restaurant, 1 East Broadway/Lauren Carney, 21, 60 Arabian Way, Chester; Lei’s Garden Restaurant, 150 Rockingham Road/Denise Fowler, 34, 3 Forest Ridge Road # 253, Derry; Island Pond Convenience, 409 Island Pond Road/Jennifer K. Verge, 45, 5 Old Derry Road; and Wayne Circle Mobil, 2 South Main St./David Alexander, 59, 175 Hampstead Road, Derry.
The checks were used to determine if local businesses that possess either “off-premises sale” or “on premises sale” liquor licenses are following New Hampshire laws governing the sale of alcohol and to prevent sales to minors, Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said in a press release.
During the checks, minors, who were supervised and directed by police, entered licensed establishments and attempted to buy beer.
Four of the establishments allegedly sold beer to the minors helping in the operation, Thomas said. In each case, the clerk who is alleged to have sold the beer was issued a summons by Derry police to appear in the 10 Circuit Court-Derry District on June 5 to answer to a charge of prohibited sales, which is a violation, according to police.
The New Hampshire Bureau of Liquor Enforcement could consider administrative action on each establishment’s license as a result of these violations, Thomas said.