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Published: Thursday, 5/15/2014 - Updated: 5 months ago

4 Perrysburg businesses cited for selling alcohol to minors

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Tres Belle Wine & Martini Bar, one of several establishments in Perrysburg with liquor licenses at which bartenders were cited by Perrysburg police this week for selling liquor to minors. Tres Belle Wine & Martini Bar, one of several establishments in Perrysburg with liquor licenses at which bartenders were cited by Perrysburg police this week for selling liquor to minors.
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A sting operation in Perrysburg caught three bars and a gas station selling alcohol to minors.

Police visited 30 businesses with liquor licenses Wednesday and found The Mucky Duck, 26611 N. Dixie Highway; Fat Jack’s, 120 W. South Boundary St.; Tres Belle Wine & Martini Lounge, 3145 Hollister Lane, and a BP gas station, 10730 Fremont Pike, selling to 18 to 20-year-olds.

Deputy Chief Jim Rose said police will do compliance checks at all 54 establishments in the city with liquor licenses.

The department invited businesses with liquor licenses to a training session this month with the Ohio Investigative Unit. The training teaches license holders how to avoid selling to minors and spot fake IDs. It drew 21 people, police said. Compliance checks began shortly after.

“Sometimes they didn’t look at IDs,” Mr. Rose said. “Some looked at the licenses and still served them. It was pretty blatant.”

Fat Jack’s bartender Janette Stevens and Mucky Duck’s Rebecca Hesse are accused of serving two minors at the same time, so each received two citations. The Martini Lounge’s Logan Collins is accused of selling to a minor, as is BP’s Jake Cunningham.

The Mucky Duck was cited by Perrysburg police this week for selling liquor to minors. The Mucky Duck was cited by Perrysburg police this week for selling liquor to minors.
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Police will forward information about the compliance checks to the Ohio Investigative Unit, which handles permit violations and punishments. Mr. Rose said the unit generally is lenient for a business with a first offense, but can take the liquor license away if there are repeat offenders in a short time. He doesn't believe any of the offenders Wednesday have recent repeat offenses.

A BP spokesman and the Fat Jack’s owner didn’t respond to The Blade on Thursday. Representatives of Tres Belle could not be reached for comment.

A Mucky Duck manager said the bartender is not being scheduled to work. She said the bartender is a daytime worker who usually sees regulars and is not used to checking IDs. She checked IDs, but did the math wrong, according to the manager who refused to give her name.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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