Compliance check nets 10 citations

2/25/2014

Individiduals cited on allegaqtions of furnishing alcohol to minors.

Individiduals cited on allegaqtions of furnishing alcohol to minors.

By KELTON BROOKS

kbrooks@gctelegram.com

Ten individuals were cited on allegations of furnishing alcohol to minors Saturday after authorities conducted a compliance check of local liquor and cereal malt beverage retail stores.

The Garden City Police Department, in cooperation with the Kansas Division of Alcohol Bevearge Control and with the assistance of cooperating individuals under the age of 21, conducted the compliance checks. The individuals were sent into businesses in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages. They were required to present their identification if asked, and could not lie about their age.

According to the Garden City Police Department, the 10 individuals cited were: Stephen Johnson, 51, Dillons East, 1305 E. Kansas Ave.; Khamsone Phongsa, 27, Fulton and 4th Liquor, 111 N. Fourth St.; Maria Salinas, 62, Tacos Salinas, 306 W. Fulton St.; Claudia Siqueiros, 25, Time Out Sports Bar, 1319 N. Taylor Ave.; Isaac Flores, 23, Pizza Hut, 1627 N. Taylor Ave.; Bernadine Ayala-Rios, 57, Rosie's Good Times, 212 W. Fulton St.; Jose Salazar, 62, Taylor Liquor, 1304 N. Taylor Ave.; Jarred Allsbury, 36, Pizza Hut, 301 E. Kansas Ave.; William Davis, 22, Wet Nightclub, 1301 E. Fulton St.; and Leopoldo Hernandez, 28, Tacos El Tapitio, 1203 E. Fulton St.

Jamal Kahala, owner of WET Nightclub, said a customer came in Saturday night — the only customer at the time — and his employee served the individual a drink. Kadal left the club briefly, and, when he returned, he found ABC officials were at the club.

"We had a meeting the same day with all the staff members to talk about what happened," Kahala said.

Kahala said the employee, Davis, has been trained and educated on the laws of serving alcohol to underage customers. Davis has been a good employee, he added, and has been given a second chance. Club WET is a 21 and older establishment where IDs are supposed to be checked at the entrance.

"All we can do is pay attention and make sure this doesn't happen again," Kahala said.

At the 301 E. Kansas Avenue Pizza Hut location, manager Michelle Nicholason said two individuals came in the business to purchase alcohol, and her employee, Allsbury, did what he was supposed to do and checked their ID, but not thoroughly.

"We made sure to remind and educate our employees to don't just take a quick a look at it, but to check the date and look at the picture closely," Nicholason said.

Along with the 10 individuals who were cited, 43 other local businesses were also apart of the sting, but they did not sell alcohol to any of the cooperating minors.

One of the businesses who passed the unsuspected test was the popular Jax Sports Grille, 1907 E. Mary St.

"We want to be an establishment that is known for not giving liquor to minors," said Lindsey Becker, general manager at Jax. "If they don't meet the age requirement, then we refuse the service of alcohol."

Becker believes she hasn't seen many cases where minors come to the sports bar and ask for liquor because the employees make it known they do not serve underage customers. Jax holds store training to educate employees on alcohol laws and attends meetings held by the ABC to get updates on the latest policies and procedures for selling alcoholic beverages.

In the case of a fake ID, Becker said, there are two options: refusal of service and leave, or call the police.

In June 2013, a similar liquor compliance check was held, and 18 individuals were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors.

The Finney County Community Health Coalition was awarded a grant in 2008 from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation services, along with 13 other Kansas counties, to educate local liquor store owners about laws against selling to minors and to educate youth about making better choices.

"Theses exercises have caused reduction to nearly half," said Lee Ann Shrader, program director of FCCHC. "It's evident that this strategy has been working, but there is still work to be done."

The following businesses were checked and found to be compliant: La Playa Dorado, 212 A W. Fulton St.; Fourwinds Bar and Grill, 1604 Buffalo Jones Ave.; El Conquistador, 1601 Buffalo Jones Ave.; Mariscos Puerto Nuevo, 1107 N. Taylor Ave.; Garden Bowl, 1501 N. Taylor Ave.; DJ's Fool Moon Saloon, 1621 N. Taylor Ave.; Gol Latino Restaurant, 1524 N. Taylor Ave.; El Manantial Mexican Buffet, 519 W. Mary St. Suite 111; Las Margaritas, 301 N. Main St.; Tequilas Mexican Grill, 1715 E. Kansas Ave.; Jax Sports Bar, 1907 E. Mary St.; Samy's Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.; Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 2306 E. Kansas Ave.; Applebee's, 3030 E. Kansas Ave.; El Zarape Restaurant, 2501 E. Fulton St.; Hard Rock Lanes, 1612 E. Laurel St.; Planks BBQ, 912 E. Fulton St.; Presto, 501 E. Fulton St. Fulton Convenience Store, 601 E. Fulton St.; El Remedio Market, 1005 E. Fulton St.; Wheat Lands Country Store, 1521 E. Fulton St.; Chappel Liquor, 1715 E. Fulton St.; U Pump It, 156 Campus Dr.; Watering Hole, 503 S. Main St.; Presto, 511 E. Kansas Ave.; Discount Liquor, 713 E. Kansas Ave.; Walgreens, 1308 E. Kansas Ave.; East Garden Village Liquor, 4003 E. U.S. Highway 50; Quicker Market, 4005 E. U.S. Highway 50; Presto, 2522 N. Taylor Ave.; Tabor Liquor, 1111 W. Mary St.; Express Corner, 501 W. Mary St.; Calihan Liquor, 1904 E. Mary St.; Wal-Mart, 3101 E. Kansas Ave.; Sunrise Spirits, 3010 Larue Rd.; Kwik Shop, 1102 Campus Drive; U Pump It, 410 W. Kansas Ave.; Chihuajua Liquor, 1101 N. Taylor Plaza; Dillion's West, 1211 W. Buffalo Jones Ave.; Food Mart, 1505 W. Buffalo Jones Ave.; Caro Liquor, 1806 Buffalo Jones Ave.; Taylor Liquor, 1304 N. Taylor Ave.; and Garden City Liquor, 1115 W. Campbell St.

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