November 28, 2014

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Police: 8 businesses sold alcohol during underage sting

ELYRIA — Police reported that only one business complied with underage drinking laws during a sting Wednesday.

Police used a 19-year-old confidential informant who entered nine Elyria businesses and tried to purchase alcohol. Eight of the businesses served alcohol to the teen, according to police reports.

Clerks at the businesses were issued a summons for illegal liquor sales to an underage person and ordered to appear Wednesday at Elyria Municipal Court. Each case may be forwarded to the Ohio Liquor Commission for further sanctions, according to police.

Three store clerks did not ID the informant, and five clerks asked for the informant’s ID, but said they believed he was 21 because of “bad math.”

Police said it was the second time LB Market on West Avenue had been caught serving alcohol to minors — the previous time was March 2011.

The only business that did comply with liquor laws was the Middle Avenue Drive-Thru, at 714 Middle Ave.

The businesses where employees allegedly sold alcohol were:

• LB Market, 1412 West Ave. — Marwan Abdeldayem, 30, same address, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Marathon Gas, 501 N. Abbe Road — Eric Crosby, 46, 400 block of Ambler Drive, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Convenient Food Mart, 38535 Chestnut Ridge Road — Amber Gray, 22, 200 block of N. Abbe Road, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Sunoco Gas, 404 East Ave. — Virginia Duvall, 48, 100 block of Lake Ave., issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Convenient Food Mart, 905 East River Road — Katie Anderson, 27, 5300 block of Olive Ave., North Ridgeville, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Liberty Gas, 824 Middle Ave. — Nidal Jaber, 44, 1000 block of 11th Street, Lorain, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Dairy Mart, 128 Lake Ave. — Sara Colon, 34, 400 block of West River Road N., issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

• Shopway Food Mart, 175 Lake Ave. — Hesham Ayyad, 35, 26000 block of Fairfax Lane, North Olmsted, issued a citation for illegal liquor sales to an underage person.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.