Seven businesses in Ottawa County sold alcohol to minors during a recent undercover operation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department while 11 businesses turned away those attempting to buy.
Sheriff’s detectives, working with Ottawa County Creative Alcohol Related Enforcement (CARE), conducted the operation in December.
The employees who sold alcohol to the minors will receive a summons to appear in Ottawa County Municipal Court to face first degree misdemeanor charges. Letters will also be sent to the businesses to inform them of the purchases.
The sales occurred at Herb’s Sportsman’s Supplies, Port Clinton; Dean’s Place, Marblehead; Bayshore Country Market, Marblehead; Shell Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; Hy-Myler, Port Clinton; County Line Store, Port Clinton, and Pat’s Party Mart, Port Clinton.
The 11 businesses that didn’t sell will be notified by letter from the sheriff’s department that includes the attempted date and time of the purchase and recognizing the store’s compliance with the law.
The businesses that didn’t sell to the minors are: Friendship BP, Port Clinton; Speedway, Port Clinton; Midway Carry Out, Port Clinton; Shell Mickey Mart, Lakeside; Friendship Sunoco, Lakeside; Mutach’s Market, Marblehead; Erie Food Market, Lakeside; A&A Market, Lakeside; Sunoco Friendship, Port Clinton; Rich’s Drive Thru, Port Clinton; Wozniak’s Sunoco, Port Clinton.
Ohio law sets the legal drinking age at 21.