Liquor store sting nets 13 |

Liquor store sting nets 13

Scott Cunningham

Local police netted 13 alleged scofflaws in a recent sting operation stemming from numerous complaints about how easy it is for underage drinkers to buy alcohol in the county.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Eagle and Minturn police departments, conducted an Alcohol Age Verification Check of local businesses on Sept. 5.Underage volunteers were sent into stores that sell alcohol from Minturn to Gypsum to try and make purchases, and out of 21 businesses checked, 13 sold liquor without asking for identification. Those businesses are:Columbine Market, Gypsum; Loaf N Jug, Eagle; Eagle Convenience Store (Texaco), Eagle; City Market, Eagle; Liquor Cabinet, Eagle; South Forty Liquors, Edwards; Stop N Save, Edwards; Riverwalk Wine & Spirits, Edwards; Village Market, Edwards; Edwards Liquors, Edwards; Shop & Hop, Eagle-Vail; Minturn Mile Liquor, Minturn; and Stop & Save, Minturn.In response to the poor showing, Sheriff A.J. Johnson said in a release: “I am disappointed at the apparent ease in which underage persons can obtain alcohol from liquor stores in Eagle County.”The clerk at each of the 13 stores was cited for sale of alcohol to an underage person, a class 2 misdemeanor. The violations will also be reported to the local liquor license boards, and the businesses may face disciplinary action from those boards.Watered down?A man and his wife staying at the Hyatt got into an altercation at a Beaver Creek bar Sept. 9. Claiming the shot he’d bought was just water, the man called the bartender a liar and pinned his hands behind his back. Meanwhile, his wife was yelling and making a scene, according to witnesses. Beaver Creek security soon arrived on the scene and turned the couple over to Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies, who arrested them on charges of disorderly conduct.Fierce creaturesA man was bitten by a dog near the Talisman Lodge in Vail on Sept. 1. He was taking a walk behind the lodge when two dogs, a black lab and a Jack Russell terrier, approached him. While the black lab began to bark, the terrier charged the man and bit into his right calf, breaking through his jeans and drawing blood. The owner of the dogs, a woman staying at the Talisman Lodge, then caught up to them and restrained them. The terrier was quarantined by the Eagle County Animal Control Department. No charges were filed.More ugly phone messagesA Vail resident received a threatening phone message on Aug.30 in which the caller called him names and threatened to stab him in the eye. The man believes the message was left because he has been outspoken regarding the proposed affordable housing development at the Mountain Bell site. The case is inactive and no charges have been filed.Fake moneyOn Aug. 22, the manager of Garfinkel’s Bar in Lionshead discovered two counterfeit 20-dollar bills amongst the establishment’s Sunday earnings. Vail Police described the bills as yellowish in color, with an odd texture and missing an important hologram on the right side that can be seen when held up to light. The bills reportedly came from two men who had visited the restaurant that day. Their waitress could not give a description of the men to police, and with no leads, the case is inactive.

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