More Businesses Sell Alcohol To Underage Persons As Boone PD/WYN Operation Comes To An End

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Boone Police DepartmentAug. 20, 2013. The Boone Police Department has continued conducting alcohol compliance checks throughout the Town of Boone to determine if establishments would provide alcohol to someone less than 21 years-of-age.  Since August 8, 2013, eight businesses have been checked.  At four of those businesses, an employee allegedly provided alcohol to an under aged person. 

The businesses where an employee provided alcohol to an under aged person are:

  • Char located on Howard Street
  • Murphy’s Pub located on West King Street
  • Klondike Cafe located on Hardin Street
  • Town Tavern located on Faculty Street 

Each of the following individuals was  issued a citation for selling or providing alcohol to a person less than 21 years-of-age: 

  • Zachary Kane Corsi – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
  • Tyler Alan Thornburgh – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
  • Brian Matthew Fry – W/M – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age
  • Micah Elizabeth Galloway – W/F – Sell Malt Beverage To Someone Less Than 21 Years-of-age

This is a continuation of an enforcement effort made possible through a partnership between the Boone Police Department and the Western Youth Network.  A total of 83 businesses have been checked with 16 of those businesses providing alcohol to someone under aged.   

“I would like to commend the businesses and their employees who took the time to follow the rules and help keep our community safe,” said Chief of Police Dana Crawford. 

Compliance checks will continue throughout the fall at random times.  Approximately one out of every five businesses checked provided alcohol to an under aged person. 

“The Boone Police Department encourages every business that sells alcohol to check identification and verify age every time.  We were surprised by the number of establishments that failed to do so,” said Boone Police Department Lt. Danny Houck.

In early August, the Boone Police Department issued a release that checks were conducted on 75 businesses during the early parts of the operation. Of those 75 businesses, employees at 12 of them sold alcohol to underaged persons. Those businesses are as follows: 

  • Carolina Petro located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Glug Beverages located on West King Street
  • Earthfare located on West King Street
  • Wilco located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Walgreens located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Ruby Tuesday’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Chili’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Applebee’s located on Blowing Rock Road
  • Kangaroo located on West King Street
  • Los Arcois located on Boone Heights Drive
  • Paolucci’s located on Howard Street
  • Amalfi’s located on Rivers Street

While Western Youth Network is the fiscal agent responsible for administering funding for this project, the Watauga Substance Abuse Prevention (WSAP) is the group sponsoring this initiative.

A primary function of WSAP is an ongoing partnership with local law enforcement.  WSAP, overseen by fiscal agent Western Youth Network, was able to provide this funding opportunity, which was made possible through the NC Preventing Underage Drinking Initiative, sponsored by the NC Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  

This funding was specifically earmarked for alcohol enforcement and does not reflect usage of  monies obtained through WYN’s individual donations or other fundraising efforts. 

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