Local businesses cited for underage alcohol sales

drinking-and-driving-photo-by-praisaengOn Nov. 17, Southington police, in conjunction with the STEPS Coalition, conducted off-premise alcohol compliance checks throughout the town of Southington.

A 19-year-old minor was used to check 25 establishments that sell alcohol by permit. Two local businesses sold alcohol to the minor.

Karthik Doddapaneni, 26, of Newington, an employee at Wine Works at 1700 West St., was found to be non-compliant with state and local laws. Phoenix Pedroso, 22, of Bristol, an employee at Queen Street Liquors at 1079 Queen St. was also found to be non-compliant.

Both employees who sold the alcohol were charged with violating Connecticut General Statute 30-87, inducing a minor to possess alcohol (selling alcohol to a minor). They were released on a $500 bond and are scheduled to appear in the Bristol Superior Court on Nov. 28.

The following 23 establishments were found to be compliant during the checks:

Queen Street Liquors at 1079 Queen St.; M&R Liquor at 920 Queen St.; South Town Liquors at 685 Queen St.; World Wide Wine and Spirits at 480 Queen St.; Liquor Outlet at 400 North Main St.; West Side Spirits at 718 West St.; Country Farm Convenience at 682  West St.; Price Chopper at 410 Queen St; Shoprite at 750 Queen St; Stop and Shop at 505 North Main St.; Southington Wine and Spirits at 235 Queen St.; Tops Market at 887 M&W Rd.; Dairy Farms at 68 Berlin St.; Dairy Farms at 64 South Center St; Little Red Store at 252 Marion Ave; Lefty’s Imported and Domestic Wines at 1207 South Main St; South Main Liquors at 857 South Main St; Sassy Liquors at 264 M&W Rd; Super 66 Liquors at 975 M&W Rd; Millldale Liquor at 1664 M&W Rd.; Southington Colonial Spirits at 255 Berlin Ave.; Bridge Wine and Spirits at 133 West Center St.; and Wineland at 1543 Meriden Waterbury Rd.

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