Alcohol compliance checks performed in Fulton County in the months of January and February turned up outstanding results. Twenty-one Fulton County businesses were checked for illegal liquor sales by the Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This countywide sweep resulted in twenty instances in which minors were denied the sale of alcohol and only one instance of minors being served alcohol.
During the compliance checks, a trained informant under the age of twenty-one attempts to purchase alcohol while an officer waits in an outside area away from view of those inside the store. The purpose of the checks is to ensure that local retailers with liquor licenses are requiring proper identification and selling alcohol only to those age 21 and older, in compliance with the law.
This round of checks shows the percentage of compliance has gone up 22% from the 2013 Spring check results. For Spring 2013, Fulton County businesses stood at 73% compliant and our results of the 2014 Winter checks found 95% compliant. This is the highest percent complaint we have seen in the last three years. “While these results are very good, our goal is still to see 100% compliance. Any establishment selling to someone underage is concerning,” said Keith Torbet, Wauseon Police Chief and Healthy Choices Caring Communities (HC3) member.
In order to help retail establishments comply with Ohio’s laws, our county coalition, HC3, works with OIU to bring the Alcohol Server Knowledge (ASK) Program to Fulton County. This voluntary training is provided at least yearly in Fulton County. Often, this training is replicated in our county several times during the year as requested. The ASK training provides instruction on laws pertaining to the sale and/or consumption of alcohol and tobacco, false identification and penalties for those found in violation. These trainings are free and recommended to any business that sells alcohol. The next training will be held March 6, 2014 from 6 – 7 pm at the Fulton County Health Department. Registration is required, please contact Beth at 419-337-0915 for additional information and to register.
During this round of checks, the following retailers were compliant with these laws:
Archbold Super Valu, 1925 S Defiance st
Archbold One Stop Center, 1911 S Defiance St
Circle K, 103 N Defiance St
Archbold Sunoco, 1500 S Defiance St
Oasis Car Mart – Archbold Main Stop, 1200 Stryker St
Speedway, 420 Main St
Lassus Handy Dandy, 419 Main St
Circle K, 200-204 E Main St
C & J Carryout, 17980 US 20
Lassus Handy Dandy, 104 W Airport Hwy
Circle K, 248 N Fulton Street
CHIEF Supermarket, 810 N Shoop Ave
Dollar General, 826 N Shoop Ave
Rite Aid of Ohio Inc., 1496 N Shoop Ave
Turnpike Shell, 8150 SH 108
Wal-Mart, 485 E Airport Highway
Circle K, 495 E Airport Highway
Certified Oil Company, 1200 N Shoop
Courtview Mart, 151 S Fulton St
Circle K, 1497 N Shoop Ave
One business was not compliant and was issued a citation on-site for sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21. As part of the citation, the employee making the sale was also charged with sale and/or furnishing alcohol to a person under 21.
Those cited were:
Harns Delta Kwik Stop, 105 W Main St
Keith Torbet, Wauseon Police Chief and member of HC3, “would like to thank those businesses that were compliant during this round of checks and for their commitment to the well-being of our young people.”
Healthy Choices Caring Communities, an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council, is a group of community members working together to reduce underage substance use including alcohol, marijuana and tobacco in Fulton County. To become a member of the HC3, or for more information, contact Beth Thomas at 419-337-0915.