EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 5, 2011

Two Salem clerks charged with underage alcohol sales

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie

SALEM — Just two businesses of 67 checked for alcohol sales compliance Friday sold alcohol to underage buyers.

The Salem Police Department checked the businesses between 4 p.m. and midnight. There are 87 establishments with liquor licenses in Salem, according to the state Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.

The compliance checks were done with grant funding from the Department of Justice, which pays the salary and benefits of the officers who worked the assignment.

"While not our goal of 100 percent compliance, we are extremely pleased with the results," Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said. "It is a credit to the establishments in Salem who sell alcohol and are diligent in their responsibilities under the law."

Balducci's Pizza, 419 S. Broadway was found not to be in compliance. Jennifer Hurley, 36, of Derry was charged with prohibited sales.

At Subday, 52 Lowell Road, Marlin Rodriguez, 25, of Lawrence was charged with prohibited sales.

Both clerks were issued summonses to appear in Salem District Court.

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