WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Three out of 15 businesses sold alcohol to minors during an underage compliance check in Putnam County, said Sheriff Steve Deweese.
"Out of the 15 establishments, three sold to underage operatives, a 20 percent buy rate overall," he said. "Citations were issued to all three sales clerks selling alcohol to an operative."
The checks were conducted on Tuesday by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department. Checks were funded by the Governor's Highway Safety Program.
Volunteers went into the businesses to purchase alcoholic beverages as law enforcement officers observed, Deweese said.
Establishments in non-compliance were Corner Mart, 101 Plantation Road, Pliny; Pilot Travel Center No. 243, 4304 First Ave., Nitro; and Speedway No. 9233, 4010 First Ave., Nitro.
Establishments in compliance were Go Mart No. 80, 4160 State Route 34, Teays Valley; Speedway No. 9221, 2400 U.S. Route 60, Culloden; Mid Valley Mart, 3706 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane; Par Mar Store No. 15, 3890 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane; CVS Pharmacy No. 7124, 3901 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane; Little General Store No. 5115, 4044 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot; Sheetz No. 517, 1457 Charleston Road, Poca; Eleanor Foodland, Route 62, Eleanor; Buffalo Tiger Mart No. 184, 4200 Buffalo Road, Buffalo; Clark's Pump N Shop, Route 35, Frazier's Bottom; Dollar General Store No. 6080, 3274 Winfield Road, Winfield; and Winfield Quick Stop, 3502A Winfield Road, Winfield.
Deweese said periodic compliance checks will continue."I am putting a huge emphasis on this," he said. "I don't care for underage drinking. Cashiers should be doing their job. We will be checking."