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For the second straight day, Perrysburg Police sent minors into businesses to try to purchase alcohol and cited seven more businesses on Thursday.
In all, the police caught 11 businesses selling to minors in two days as they visited 54 establishments with liquor licenses, from stores to bars.
The police witnessed alcohol sales at five businesses at the Levis Commons outdoor mall: Blue Pacific Grill, 4150 Levis Commons Blvd.; Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi, 6190 Levis Commons Blvd; Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, 1320 Levis Commons Blvd; Tea Tree Asia Bistro, 4100 Chappel Dr., and Poco Piatti, 3155 Chappel Dr.
Two other nearby locations also were caught in the sting: Te'kela, 25481 North Dixie Highway, and Buffalo Wild Wings, 26567 North Dixie Highway 142.
Perrysburg Police Deputy Chief Jim Rose said the police wanted to do compliance checks at all of the places in the city serving liquor or beer by the glass or selling bottles or cans. The minors, ages 18 to 20, were sent in by the police to purchase the alcohol. Deputy Chief Rose was unavailable to talk Friday about the Thursday busts.
Bartenders or servers who were cited will now have to attend court for a misdemeanor charge and will face possible penalties of up to six months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Servers cited in Thursday's sting include Samantha Post, Roshila Stevens, Anthony Zachary, Samantha Lepre, Kacey McCreery, Dustin Irwin, and Katie Mickens.
Police visited 30 businesses with liquor licenses Wednesday and found four violators: 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.
The sting on both days was conducted between 3 to 8 p.m.
Deputy Chief Rose said Thursday the sales were "blatant," as the minors either didn't have their IDs checked or showed valid licenses that indicated they were under the legal age of 21 to buy alcohol.
The department had invited businesses with liquor licenses to a training session with the Ohio Investigative Unit earlier this month. 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.
Police plan to send the investigation information to the Ohio Investigative Unit, which handles permit violations and punishments. Deputy Chief Rose said the unit generally is lenient for a business with a first offense, but can take the liquor license away if there have been repeat offenses in a short time.
The police declined to explain details of how the sting was conducted or to say who the minors were so as not to give away future compliance checks.
Contact Matt Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.