By Tim MacVean
ELKINS - Five local businesses were cited last week in Randolph County for selling alcohol to a minor.
Officials from the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration and the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police worked together on the Feb. 26 operation that visited 18 businesses, 10 Class A and eight Class B.
"I can confirm compliance checks did take place in Randolph County and they were county wide," said Gig Robinson, spokesman for the ABCA. "Two teams were performing the checks and included several (ABCA) agents and an underage accomplice."
The citations were written for violating WV code 11-16-18, which prohibits businesses from giving, selling or permitting the sales of alcohol to a minor.
The three Class A facilities cited included Duke's Steakhouse in Elkins, Humberto's Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Elkins and High Life Lounge in Crystal Springs.
The two Class B facilities were Bob's Mini Mart in Mill Creek and Valley Head Market in Valley Head.
Class A businesses are facilities in which alcohol is served and consumed on premise, such as restaurants, taverns, bars and clubs. Class B businesses are off-premise facilities such as convenience stores, grocery stores and other carry out locations.
Seven Class A and six Class B businesses successfully passed the operations. Robinson added that "it's just as important to mention the businesses that passed."
The Class A businesses that passed were the Riverside Tavern in Norton, J&J Mountaineer Mart in Elkins, Spanky's Bar & Grill in Elkins, Bella's in Bowden, Sophia's Cafe in Elkins, Byrd's Nest Bar in Elkins and Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar in Elkins.
The Class B businesses that passed were Bobbie's in Beverly, Elkins Save-A-Lot in Elkins, Fast Break in Beverly, Dollar General Store #6406 in Mill Creek and Par Mar #45 and #46 in Beverly and Huttonsville, respectively.
Robinson said the violations will be reviewed and disciplinary action will be handed down.
"The statewide ABCA Commissioner (Ronald) Moats will be looking into the violations, looking at the license styles and seeing what other violations exist," Robinson said. "He will decide on a warning, suspension or fine, and there could also be a combination."
The compliance checks were made possible through grant funding from the Governor's Highway Safety Program, Robinson said.