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Lorain blotter: Several cited for selling alcohol to minor as part of sting


Lorain police

Friday, June 13

  • 10:35 a.m. — 3500 block Globe Ave., a resident said someone sawed off the lock to his garage shed and stole $4,000 worth of items.
  • 3:24 p.m. — 2100 block W. 13th St., a resident said about $600 worth of tools were stolen from his garage. He said the burglary happened while the overhead door was left open.
  • 3:35 p.m. — 700 block E. Erie Ave., Blair Favers, 30, same address, arrested and charged with domestic violence. Police said Favers’ girlfriend had scratches on her arm and back, and she told police that Favers slapped her, causing her to fall to the ground and then choked her until she nearly passed out. She said he broke her phone so she ran to a neighbor’s home to call police.
  • 7:21 p.m. — Rudy’s, 523 W. 23rd St., Destiny Serrano, 19, 1500 block Herbert Drive, Lorain, cited for selling alcohol to a minor. Police said the citation was part of a police sting with the Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board using underage informants attempting to buy liquor at convenience stores.
  • 7:50 p.m. — 1800 block E. 32nd St., a woman said sometime after 3 p.m. someone shattered the rear window of her car which was parked in her driveway.
  • 7:45 p.m. — Dairy Mart, 2802 Broadway, Samden Hildreth, 29, 200 block W. 35th St., Lorain, cited for selling alcohol to a minor (in a police sting).
  • 9:23 p.m. — SMB Gas Station, 5411 Pearl Ave., Angela Turner, 32, 41000 block North Ridge Road, Lorain, cited for selling alcohol to a minor. (Turner was cited as part of a police sting).
  • 9:38 p.m. — Sunoco gas station, 2850 Grove Ave., Daniel Rivera, 58, 2800 block Oakwood Ave., Lorain, cited for selling alcohol to a minor (in a police sting).

  • tickmeoff

    Usually around prom time is most of the stings. At 18 you can take a bullet for your country, enter into a contract, get married, travel around the world, get sued. So you are an adult in every other way. So clean up this mess of injustice and simply make 21 the age of Adulthood. It doesn’t make any sense to make one grand exception for adulthood. Either you are an adult or a child. 18 or 21.
    I am sure there would be plenty of poor people to fill Americas’s Poor Man’s Army anyway. Lets make it simple, Adulthood at 18 or 21 and simply scrap the 21 and over drinking law. One is just not a little pregnant, either you are or you’re not. People will drink at 18 anyways, all this law does is drive it underground.

    • oldruss

      Adolescents, and kids between 18 and 21 are adolescents, physiologically are particularly vulnerable to adverse consequences from consumption of alcohol, and also lack the maturity in too many cases to drink responsibly, including NOT drinking and driving.

      • NR2004

        “Adolescents, and kids between 18 and 21 are adolescents, physiologically are particularly vulnerable to adverse consequences from consumption of alcohol”…. because they’re told not to do it versus being taught how to be responsible. We as a country are in the minority when it comes to our high drinking age. If kinds want to do it they can do it, they don’t need the law to be 18. Age is simply arbitrary. At 20 years and 364 days old you’re vulnerable but the next day you aren’t?

  • oldruss

    While the age of majority may in fact be 18, the law here in the State of Ohio says that one needs to be 21 before one can legally purchase alcoholic beverages, and it is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. That’s the law, end of the discussion.

    These gas stations, and other stop-and-go convenience stores should have their liquor licenses suspended for six months for the first violation, one year for the second, and permanent revocation of their licenses for a third strike.

    • tickmeoff

      So you are saying they are physiologically vulnerable to alcohol, but that they can take a bullet. Ridiculous argument. Make adulthood 21 then Russ. This one exception…you are an adult in every other way. You have a perverted sense of justice. can you imagine a Marine Sergeant telling a group of 21 year old’s to take that hill or as you put it…better yet send a group of Physiologically and lacking maturity 18 year old’s. You want to protect them from alcohol, yet are more than willing to throw them into battle, where they may never see 21, in that they are dead. In your scenario they never make it to 21 to legally purchase. My point is make it all or nothing. Adulthood at 18 or 21. This law makes this group of people less than all the other adults and is very Prejudicial against this group. When i was 14, it was easy to obtain alcohol here in Lorain. So in the end they could make the age of consent 40 and one would still be able to obtain alcohol. These feel good laws are just that…they make you feel good, but in practice are ineffective. They can still make stings, just send the 17 year old in to purchase. Your heart is in the right place Russ, but at some point in time the Mommy Bird has to push the child into adulthood
      and let them fly!

      • NR2004

        I’m afraid that we breed irresponsible behavior by making alcohol consumption taboo. We tell our youth, “no, don’t do this.” Instead, we should be teaching our children from a young age how to be responsible. I’m not saying you should be sharing a six pack with your kid every weekend, but I see no issue in having the occasional alcoholic beverage with them. I believe the law states that you can drink with an underage person if you’re the guardian. But I don’t claim to be a law expert. I crunch numbers for a living.

        • oldruss

          Both tickmeoff and NR2004 have missed the point I was trying to make. Regardless of whether or not 18 to 21 year olds are “psychologically vulnerable,” that is immaterial and irrelevant. The LAW says that these sales establishments may not, AS A MATTER OF LAW, sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21. The establishments should lose their licenses accordingly.

          • tickmeoff

            I had a point to make, which wasn’t point on, being that this article is about a sting in which underage people are on purpose told to try to make a purchase to get a clerk in trouble. My point is that the government and the law is over reaching, taking the family out of the equation. The best place for a young adult to learn how to handle alcohol responsibly is at home. As I said you can’t just be a little pregnant, you are or you are not. Either you are an adult at 18 or you are an adult at 21. You can’t morally say that an 18 year old is mature enough to take a chance at death by enlisting in the service and then tell them the other right of adulthood, drinking alcohol is not allowed. In my opinion it is all or nothing. If you want to make alcohol illegal to 18 yr old’s, Just raise the age of an adult from 18 to 21. As it is, the government is practicing that people who are 18 to 21 are not as good as though that are 21 and over. Morally this law cannot stand it’s ground and must be repealed.