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December 6, 2012

Teen points finger at store

Bradford Liquors gets one-year probation for selling to 17-year-old

HAVERHILL — Bradford Liquors was given a year’s probation for selling alcohol to a minor after the 17-year-old girl showed up at last night’s License Commission meeting to identify the clerk who she said sold her two six-packs of Twisted Tea drinks in October.

If the store is caught selling alcohol to another minor in the next 12 months, commissioners said they will suspend its liquor license for three days. If there are no further violations over the span, the matter will be dropped.

The teenage girl, who is from Groveland, attended the meeting at the request of police. She arrived at City Hall with her father and stepped into the meeting room only briefly to point out the female clerk and describe what she was wearing to officers.

On Oct. 12, the teen and another 20-year-old woman were arrested when two auxiliary police officers found them drinking in a parked car near 125 Millvale Road, according to a police report. After officers found two open bottles and the rest of the alcohol on the floor of the vehicle, the defendants were arrested, handcuffed and taken to the police station, the report said.

The 17-year-old told police she bought the alcohol at Bradford Liquors, 91 S. Main St., and that she had purchased liquor from the store twice before in the previous two months. The girl told police the store clerk did not ask to see her identification before selling her the liquor, police said. Officers noted the only identification on the girl when they arrested her was her legitimate driver’s license, which showed her to be 17.

The commission held an initial punishment hearing on the incident last month, but postponed the case to give police time to ask the teenage girl to come before the commission.

The store’s owner, Joseph Raphael, denied his workers sold alcohol to the girl at the first meeting and again last night. Raphael’s son, who said he was working the cash register on the night the girl allegedly purchased alcohol at the store, said the clerk accused of selling to the girl was working the lottery machine that night.

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