EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

May 10, 2014

Most Derry businesses pass alcohol compliance checks

DERRY — On Thursday, Derry police and state liquor enforcement officers conducted compliance checks at 47 stores and restaurants that sell alcohol. Employees at four businesses allegedly sold beer to minors assisting in the checks, Capt. Vern Thomas said.

All four were issued summonses for a charge of prohibited sales, a violation.

The four ordered to appear in 10th Circuit Court in Derry were: Lauren Carney, 21, of Chester at Sabatino’s North Restaurant, 1 East Broadway; Denise Fowler, 34, of Derry at Lei’s Garden Restaurant, 150 Rockingham Road; Jennifer Verge, 45 of Salem at Island Pond Convenience, 409 Island Pond Road; David Alexander, 59, of Derry at Wayne Circle Mobil, 2 South Main St.

Compliance checks are used to determine if businesses are adhering to New Hampshire laws and administrative rules governing the sale of alcoholic beverages and to prevent sales to underaged individuals, Thomas said.

This compliance check was planned to coincide with prom and graduation season, he said.

The New Hampshire Bureau of Liquor Enforcement can take administrative action on each establishment’s license as a result of these violations.

At the remaining 43 businesses checked, the teens working with police were not allowed to buy beer.

The compliance checks are funded by a grant from the Department of Justice to enforce underage drinking laws.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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