Compliance — In quarterly OLCC check, 12 citations issued for selling alcohol to a minor

An Oregon Liquor Control Commission compliance check in Newberg and Dundee Dec. 13 resulted in 12 citations for selling alcohol to a minor serving as a decoy.

The establishments cited were Golden Leaf Thai Cuisine, J’s Restaurant & Lounge, Chehalem Tasting Room, Lucky Fortune, Voodoo Martini, B & S Market, Dundee Market, Hawkins Cellars, Le Cadeau Vineyard/Aubichon Cellars, The Four Graces and Argyle Winery.

Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said the check of 50 premises had a success rate of 78 percent.

“We are normally at about 80 percent compliance,” Svenson said.

He said the list of premises is randomly generated by the OLCC for city’s with populations of 20,000 or more.

“(If cited) they are put on a recheck list by the OLCC,” he said.

“The program is designed as an educational program to make sure they are carding and in compliance with regulations. And to make sure they know what a fake ID looks like.”

He added that checks are done quarterly, with the agency aiming for three or four times a year.

“We always like to do one before school gets out,” Svenson said.

Since 2004, Yamhill County has performed compliance checks. As a result, the compliance rate has risen from 40 percent to nearly 80 percent.

“Realize now that there will be future compliance checks that will give us another opportunity to reach our shared goal of 100-percent compliance,” Sheriff Jack Crabtree said in a press release.

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