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59 minors, several local businesses, cited for alcohol violations in state regulator’s patrols in May

May 23, 2013

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Patrols by the Kansas Alcoholic and Beverage Control in Lawrence early this month resulted in more than 100 criminal charges to individuals and several citations to local bars and liquor stores, most of them related to minors in possession of alcohol.

The patrols on May 2, 4, 9 and 11 cited 59 minors for illegally possessing alcohol, while four bars and one liquor store were cited for providing it, according to a report from DCCCA, a Lawrence-based drug and alcohol treatment provider that helped organize four patrols by the state regulatory agency.

The ABC regulators conducted surveillance at liquor stores and house parties, and focused on certain bars that reportedly were admitting patrons aged 18 and older on those nights.

DCCCA reported the following individual citations and charges:

• Furnishing alcohol to a minor: 12

• Unlawful social hosting, allowing underage drinking: 2

• Minor in possession of alcohol: 59

• Transporting an open container: 13

• Possession of marijuana: 3

• Possession of drug paraphernalia: 3

• Possession of false ID: 11

Businesses cited:

• Shots, 1008 Massachusetts St.: three minors in possession of alcohol.

• Granada Theater, 1020 Massachusetts St.: two minors in possession of alcohol.

• Kangaroo, 1200 Oread Ave.: one minor in possession of alcohol.

• University Liquor, 3300 Bob Billings Parkway: one minor in possession of alcohol.

• Bullwinkles, 1344 Tennessee St.: Operating on a suspended license.

Comments

Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 12 months ago

Its shocking how much time the ABC, an agency which enforces for the entire state, can spend so many nights in Lawrence. I would est they raid Lawrence over 30 x a year. How often are they in Goodland?

Jim Tebow 1 year, 12 months ago

How many bars, liquor stores, and minors are in Goodland? With the exception of Wichita, Lawrence probably has the most 18-20 year old people in the state from August to May. Also probably has the most bars and liquor stores

Anthony Mall 1 year, 12 months ago

Apparently your blind to the 1000's of students Lawrence... They can check out the bar at Brandon Woods if that would suffice your needs.

skull 1 year, 12 months ago

Don't do that...I know for a fact there are some underagers stealing swigs from that place.

grammaddy 1 year, 12 months ago

Really? And how many fatalities due to drunk drivers have happened in Goodland? How many hit-and-runs?

Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 12 months ago

The owners of businesses who are cited should receive a hefty fine and time in jail.

This is a very serious matter.

Neither I, nor anyone else, wants to have an accident because of a drunk driver.

I also think that possession of marijuana is a completely different kind of thing and it should not be cited.

joes_donuts 1 year, 12 months ago

So you want them to select which laws to enforce based on your opinion, not law? And forget due process, because if a minor showed a bar owner a fake ID, the bar owner should receive the hefty fine and jail time...

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 1 year, 12 months ago

LarryNative, I'm thinking you have no idea how many stoned drivers you encounter every day on the road, here in Lawrence and elsewhere.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 12 months ago

Some stoned kid going 25 for a taco party pack does not worry me as much as the kid driving 65 down Kentucky!

sturgen 1 year, 12 months ago

Punishing the owners of the bars is not the way to go. You throw a fine at some kid, his parent pays it and you come back in three months to try to cycle that through again. Cash cow. 11 false ID's and its the owners fault? Where do you think all the Minor in Possession charges came from...at least 48 of those were the one's smart enough not to give the "officer" their fakes. Pretty sure things would calm down a bit if possession of false Identification was treated with a more punitive response. Start treating little Timmy and Susie from Johnson County the way you would treat Ahmed or Jose for being caught with falsified documents then we'd see a difference. The ABC is a joke. Want to stop drunks from driving? Eliminate the ABC budget, pay for extended public transportation, or pay a handful of cop overtime nights a week and up your DUI patrols.

juma 1 year, 12 months ago

I am wondering if the term "minor" means under 21 or 18. This is ridiculous to have two versions of "minor". Also, the ABC does harass, I mean enforce, the good people of Western Kansas. I know many bar owners out there who could tell you stories. It is easier for the ABC to harass the rural areas due to less places to go and therefore, less work for the ABC.

joes_donuts 1 year, 12 months ago

A majority of those tickets were for High School Kids drinking.

Jayhawk_4_Life 1 year, 12 months ago

The "minor" in "minor in possession" means under 21.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 12 months ago

Larry... I'm glad your the expert on underage drinking and how ABC enforces laws HOWEVER, you failed to show one statistic, one fact, chart, or anything to back up your point. You also don't understand that ABC has offices all over the state and more agents are assigned to higher risk areas such as I don't know...... A town with 30,000 kids at KU! Out of all the problems in the world (I know its hard to see issues outside of liberalville USA) this is the one that needs to be solved. ABC will now go to Quinter (no bar in town), Tribune (one, maybe), your your beloved Goodland for all the farm kids (who typically drink in fields because everyone knows everyone in small farm towns) who are drinking.

joes_donuts 1 year, 12 months ago

ABC has 8 agents for the entire state to enforce tobacco and alcohol.

Anthony Mall 1 year, 12 months ago

Correct! I saw that and should of put raids/investigations... I know they had an office in JOCO years ago. Thank you.

Charles L Bloss Jr 1 year, 12 months ago

Great work ABC & local authorities. Minors should not be drinking alcohol. Now work on getting the drugs out of everyone's hands. That is a far worse problem than alcohol.

sturgen 1 year, 12 months ago

you mean their Dr prescribed adderal and xyanax? Mom, her medicine cabinet, and the family Doc provide more of the drugs that kids take daily than they get off the street. Raid them only to find the script.

Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 12 months ago

Larrynative: Applying law enforcement resources where the most violations occur is not impermissible. Indeed it is good stewardship of limited public safety resources. The vast majority of law enforcement is "selective."

jafs 1 year, 12 months ago

If underage folks have convincing fake ID's, then I think it's a bit unfair to penalize bars.

Otherwise, they should bear their share of the responsibility, if they allow people without ID's, or don't check them, etc.

Jeff Nolting 1 year, 12 months ago

I do not see whay makes a difference or whom was concerned about Goodland - the State receives the most liquor tax revenue from Douglas County - and they will monitor it where the most tax is coming from - underage drinking has happened for years - lets face it - if a person get caught - it is their own fault - parents can tell them not to drink some do anyway - and yes fake ID's are something to contend with - but as the law is - person using a fake ID is at fault - the bar owners have to check ID's - On the pot , marijuana or what ever you want to call the foul smelling horse crap - it should be a federal offense or use , possession, etc - where I work some of the fellow workers have used in thier younger years - and with random drug testing today - they do not partake in such. You know if a person has to use marijuana or any kind of illegal drugs to function or for social status , peer pressure ,make them feel good, etc - they have a mental illness - but in their eyes they are doing nothing wrong - If a person is arrested for any kind of alcohol or drug offense - maybe it is their own fault - and maybe parents should be parents - like the old days - period.

sturgen 1 year, 12 months ago

onatop. I'm happy to see us as a population beginning to evolve out of the state of ignorance you obviously live in. Those BS charges are why the drug policy in our country is a joke. A person getting caught with drugs is punished more than rape. Rape. You could go out and Rape someone and spend less time in jail then the guy with some pot. These law reflect true ignorance and you sir perpetuate that.

skull 1 year, 12 months ago

Time for the US to join the rest of the world and let them drink. They already are.

The problem with drinking in the US is the car-centric worldview...and the fact you can carry a gun, but not a beer, around town.

joes_donuts 1 year, 12 months ago

And in some states you can smoke weed as well...

Lower the drinking age and crack down harder on drinking and driving.

gr 1 year, 12 months ago

Just one question, Why? Isn't alcohol a legal substance or isn't it? If so, why isn't it legal for everyone? If not, why is it legal for anyone? And if not, why aren't other drugs legal for some?

Seems a hypocrisy: Here, take it. Gotcha!

Does provide revenue for the city and state.

Jeff Nolting 1 year, 12 months ago

I wonder if everyone in other states took a hammer and hit their finger with it - does it mean here in Lawrence, KS should hit the finger with a hammer or everyone should smoke foul weed ? You know society has not changed - people have changed - marijuana is illegal - as drinking while driving , under the influence or under age drinking - it is law - and like I mentioned before - people who do such have a mental illness. Life is simple really - people make it hard - their choice. Me I never have used - took any types of drugs - and damm proud of it. I went to a local popular bar-grill here in Lawrence - people there were bragging how the smoke weed , etc. - grown adults - hmmm - are they grown adults or do they have a mental illness ?

skull 1 year, 12 months ago

Everybody that smokes weed has a mental illness? Hilarious...attitudes like yours are why I don't trust people who don't drink.

Seth Amott 1 year, 12 months ago

No fines for "The Hawk," I have a feeling somebody got a nice pocket of money to walk out the door.

Mark Currie 1 year, 12 months ago

I would hate to tell some 20 year old that just came back from Iraq that they couldn't have a beer.

skull 1 year, 12 months ago

They can in Iraq, what's that about fighting for freedom?

BringBackMark 1 year, 12 months ago

The 21 drinking age has got to be changed for a number of reasons. Do under age kids drink? Yes. Is it easier for them to purchase beer or hard liquor? Both equally difficult.

When I came to Lawrence at age 18 I had already been able to purchase 3.2 percent beer for 8 months. Most of that was probably 1.2 percent beer! There was no reason for me to hassle about trying to buy whiskey or rum or vodka. Today's kids might as well be drinking hard liquor as beer given that it's all illegal to them. Learning to be a responsible drinker on 3.2 percent beer was much easier than drinking hard liquor (mainly because you were so busy peeing that you couldn't get drunk!).

Also, how is a kid supposed to magically become a responsible drinker on his 21st birthday? Oh, you say, they're more mature than an 18 year old. Give me a break! A kid just doesn't wake up on his 21st birthday and become a responsible drinker. That's why binge drinking has become such a problem in this country.

As for marijuana, Legalize, Regulate, and TAX! We've probably solved our national deficit issue if we could tax the amount of weed that is consumed in this country every year. It scares me to death seeing these kids smoke crap that they have no clue where it came from or what it might be laced with. Once again, since all drugs are equally difficult to acquire why stop at weed? It's time to do the sensible thing and make it accessible. Way too many resources are being spent chasing these kids around town trying to catch them with a joint!

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