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Dougherty Co. Police to check more alcohol licenses

Skip Nichols Skip Nichols
Cynthia Battle Cynthia Battle
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Businesses that sell alcohol in Dougherty County can expect Police to stop by every once in while to check alcohol licenses.

Chief Cynthia Battle with Dougherty County Police said they're planning to do bi-annual checks after concerns from county commissioners.

They want to crack down on the sale of alcohol to under age customers, a violation that led to the denial of an alcohol license to a manager at Albany Express Convenience Store on Newton Road.

"Just to stop in with all the businesses that have alcohol licenses and just make sure that person that is the manager is still with the company," said Battle.

Commissioners did approve a license for a different manager at that store.

Skip Nichols and his family have been in the liquor business for decades and he said he doesn't mind the checks.

"I mean it's part of their county, and they need to make sure that the people who are selling alcohol, not only in the county, but in the state as well," said Nichols.

Cynthia Battle said the checks will also help create a positive relationship with these businesses.

"[It will] make sure that we know who is working in the stores... not just the manager, but we want to make sure that they know our faces and we know their faces. So if they feel like there's a problem they can come to us or call us."

Commissioners later approved a license for Alfred Lawton at Albany Express Convenience Store.

They said the owner of the store was not eligible for the alcohol license because she was a resident of Lee County.

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