December 19, 2014

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3 Amherst bartenders cited for allegedly selling alcohol to minors

AMHERST — Police issued three summons last week during an annual sweep to determine whether bartenders around the city were selling alcohol to minors.

Around 8 p.m. Thursday, police sent an 18-year-old informant into Ziggy’s Bar at 193 Park Ave. with $10, a recording device and instructions to buy alcohol. The girl ordered a Miller Light from Jennifer Baughman, a bartender. Baughman handed the girl the beer without asking to see her ID, according to the police report.

Thirty minutes later, police conducted a similar investigation at Cedar Pub at 200 Park Ave. According to the police report, the bartender, Jessica Kubishke, never asked to see the 18-year-old informant’s ID.

On Sept. 9, police sent a 19-year-old man into RC’s Brewhouse, 223 Church St., and he asked for a Bud Light beer from the bartender, Victoria Pijor. Police said Pijor asked for the 19-year-old’s ID and, after looking at it, still sold beer to him.

Baughman, Kubishke and Pijor each were issued a summons for the incidents. All three women are instructed to appear at Oberlin Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27.

Amherst Police Lt. Dan Jasinski said this is part of an annual series of investigations. Each year, with help from the Ohio State Liquor Control Board, Amherst police employ underage men and women to do controlled buys in various establishments around the town. Police record the conversations and report any illegal sales to the Ohio State Liquor Control Board.

The board then will serve subpoenas to the bars and restaurants at fault for selling alcohol to underage consumers. Jasinski said the reports have been sent, but he does not know if the board has taken action against the three establishments.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.