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Dougherty stores still break alcohol ordinance

November 3, 2005

Albany- In the latest sting, 13 store clerks illegally sold alcohol, and it's the fourth time one of those stores has been busted.

Underage officers lots of beer, wine, and malt beverages at Dougherty County stores October 25th and 26th. Fifty stores were checked, and 13 sold to the undercover officers.

Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges said, "There is absolutely no excuse for this continued noncompliance."

Officers decided to do another round of store checks following the death of Shay Griffin in an October 21st Lee County truck crash. Investigators say there was alcohol in the truck with four teens.

"I was hoping the clerks and store owners that would be more cautious with that, because there has not been a teenage fatality to underage drinking for three or four years." said Tracy King, Underage Drinking Coalition Coordinator.

Bald Eagle Foods was the only repeat offending store that sold to the undercover officers. "This is their fourth offense in the last calendar year, and we will be seeking revocation of their license," Hodges said.

Bald Eagle Foods owner is Jimmy Kerfoot who ran for Lee County Sheriff. Kerfoot said Shay Griffin was a member of his family, and mourns her death. "I don't want to see anything bad happen to any of them. Certainly from selling alcohol, that would hurt them greatly."

Kerfoot says he will continue to train his clerks not to sell alcohol to anyone under 21 years old, even if his license is revoked.

The 13 clerks who sold to the undercover officers were ordered to surrender today. They are charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, and could face up to one year in jail, and one thousand dollars in fines.

The stores below are store that sold alcohol to under age person(s).

1. Express Lane #22, 3900 Gillionville Rd, checked I.D. and sold after overriding the register.

2. Flash foods #286, 2825 Old Dawson Rd, checked I.D. and sold after overriding the

register.

3. Shell, 2824 Old Dawson Rd, checked I.D. and sold after overriding the register.

4. Woodall's #3,402 N. Westover, checked I.D. and sold after overriding the register.

5. Bald Eagle foods, 2704 Ledo Rd, sold and did not check I.D.-REPEAT

6. Home Run Foods#l, 1002 W. Oakridge Dr, checked I.D. and sold.

7. Oasis, 5400 Newton Rd, checked I.D. and sold.

8. BP City package, 2125 Newton Rd, sold and did not check for I.D.

9. Woodall's #1, 261 E. Oglethorpe Blvd, sold and did not check I.D.

10. Home Run Foods, 1621 E. Oglethorpe Blvd, checked I.D. and sold.

11. Jack Rabbit #6,310 Cordele Rd, sold and did not check I.D.

12. Ware House Package, 1005 Pine Ave, sold and did not check I.D.

13. Oasis, 1301 S. Slappey Dr, checked I.D. and Sold.


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