Maryland State Police Beat / The Good and the Bad of Serving Booze to Minors in Somerset County
PRINCESS ANNE, MD. — The good news is that most of the alcohol retailers in Somerset County are abiding by the law in regard to not selling booze to underage persons. The bad news is that three license holders are not.
The Maryland State Police reported that on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barracks conducted numerous alcohol compliance checks at retail establishments in Somerset County. Troopers ensured that various retail establishments which hold a Somerset County Liquor License were denying sales of alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21 years old.
A total of 21 retail establishments were checked. The following retail establishments complied with the provisions of the law and denied the sale of alcoholic beverage to minors:
Eden Quick Stop, Eden, Maryland
Caesar’s Pizza Palace, Princess Anne, Maryland
Peaky’s Restaurant, Princess Anne, Maryland
Goose Creek, Princess Anne, Maryland
Spike’s Pub & Subs, Princess Anne, Maryland
Kash & Karry, Princess Anne, Maryland
Somerset County Liquor Dispensary, Princess Anne, Maryland
King’s Creek Market, Princess Anne, Maryland
Becky’s International Food Market, Princess Anne, Maryland
Junior’s Wines, Princess Anne, Maryland
Goose Creek, Westover, Maryland
Dash Inn, Westover, Maryland
River Market, Pocomoke City, Maryland
Somerset County Liquor Dispensary, Pocomoke City, Maryland
Brew Thru, Crisfield, Maryland
Big Willey’s, Crisfield, Maryland
Somers Cove Market, Crisfield, Maryland
Crisfield Oceanic, Crisfield, Maryland
The following retail establishments were not in compliance with the provisions of the law and sold alcoholic beverages to a minor:
Lucky’s Last Chance, Deal Island, Maryland
The Washington Inn & Tavern, Princess Anne, Maryland
Shore Stop, Crisfield, Maryland
In addition to any sanctions imposed against the liquor licenses that may be imposed by the Somerset County Liquor Board, the employees who sold alcoholic beverages to a minor will face charges in the District Court of Maryland for Somerset County for furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor. If convicted, these people face a maximum penalty of up to 2 years of incarceration, a fine of $1,000, or both.
In an effort to keep minors safe during this upcoming holiday season, Troopers will continue with unannounced compliance checks to ensure that alcoholic beverages stay out of the hands of minors. Historically, the holiday season sees an increase in alcohol-related collisions; many of these collisions involve serious bodily injury.