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14 cited for selling alcohol to minors

An undercover sheriff's operation sends two young women to 59 convenience stores in and around Carrollwood.

By TIM GRANT Published July 25, 2003

CARROLLWOOD - Two 19-year-old women helped sheriff's deputies find out just how many of the convenience store clerks in and around the Carrollwood area are following the state's alcoholic beverage law.

The underaged women visited 59 gas stations and convenience stores last week, trying to buy beer and other alcoholic drinks. Any clerk who sold them alcohol was charged with a second degree misdemeanor and given a court date.

Deputies charged 14 clerks on July 17 with sale of alcoholic beverages to persons under 21, according to sheriff's records.

"We are trying to keep alcoholic beverages out of the hands of underaged drinkers, particularly during the summer months when school is out," said Sgt. Brett Saunders, head of the sheriff's District III selective enforcement squad.

The gas stations and convenience stores where clerks sold the women alcohol are in Carrollwood, Northdale, Odessa, Westchase and Town 'N Country.

Saunders said the women who help the deputies in these undercover operations are often relatives of sheriff's deputies, Sheriff's Explorers or high school students. He said they use no fake identification and are required to give their true age if asked by a clerk.

Although the maximum penalty for selling alcohol to minors is 60 days in jail, Saunders said the offense generally results in a court fine and probation. The store owners are not held responsible for the clerks' actions unless there is a pattern.

"Some of these people lose their jobs over it," Saunders said. "If the owner makes the sale, there could be stricter penalties, but normally it's an employee."

The clerks who were cited were: Sheila Payne, 42, at Race Track gas station, 4222 N Gunn Highway; Joni Leinen, 25, at 7-Eleven, 8305 W Hillsborough Ave.; Walter Roberts, 51, at 7-Eleven, 13919 W Hillsborough Ave.; Bhartiben Patel, 39, at Food Mart, 4355 Waters Ave.; Galina Delaney, 61, at Circle K, 10111 W Hillsborough Ave.; Nicholas Santalucia, 58, at Texaco, 8145 W Waters Ave., William Vargas, 33, at Shell, 9907 Dale Mabry Highway; James Kirkpatrick, 34, at Max's Mini Mart, 3899 Northdale Blvd.; Brad Ewing, 21, at Speedway, 6211 N Dale Mabry Highway; Angela Gonzalez, 25, at Hess, 6332 N Dale Mabry Highway; Carlos Ojeda, 64, at Shell, 5524 Van Dyke Road; Glory Guzman, 21, at Citgo, 8212 N Sheldon Road; Tonja Osborne, 31, at 7-Eleven, 5604 Hesperides St.; and Noureddine Kharfaoui, 34, at Mobil, 5935 Memorial Highway.

Tonja Osborne, 31, at 7-Eleven,

1 posted on 01/07/2011 11:14:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

what a class act...class: kindergarten


2 posted on 01/07/2011 11:21:03 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Wait don't tell me, Amish?
3 posted on 01/07/2011 11:23:24 AM PST by fungoking (Tis a blessing to live in the Ozarks.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Jer-rey!
Jer-rey!
Jer-rey!


5 posted on 01/07/2011 11:36:15 AM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Somehow I knew this was Southside.


6 posted on 01/07/2011 11:49:21 AM PST by Montanabound
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obamas voters celebrating diversity no doubt


7 posted on 01/07/2011 11:51:42 AM PST by Gasshog (going to get what all those libs asked for, but its not what they expected.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dang Canadians. Why don’t they keep it in the hockey rink?


9 posted on 01/07/2011 12:10:18 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Those crazy Russians.

Oh wait, wrong Saint Petersburg.


12 posted on 01/07/2011 12:28:15 PM PST by dfwgator
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