The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

June 11, 2013

Raleigh County stores and bars checked for alcohol compliance

Local law enforcement officers reported that 21 stores and bars in Raleigh County were cited for selling alcohol to minors following a multi-agency sting conducted Friday night.

The legal drinking age in the state is 21.

Officers from Beckley Police Department, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration went undercover to accompany underage buyers into 72 establishments during the sting.

The minors were told by officers to present their proper identification and to leave if the clerk or bartender refused to finish the sale.

More than a quarter of the time, minors were able to purchase alcohol, even with an ID that marked them as minors, officials reported.

“Those laws are on the books for a reason,” said Beckley Police Chief Tim Deems. “Any time you have people who are not old enough to make those sound decisions, then you add the fact that they’ve been drinking on top of that, their decision-making becomes flawed.

“Some of the things they do, like driving after they’ve been drinking, can be very dangerous,” he said. “Not only to themselves, but to others as well.

“They can also get involved in other criminal activities that maybe normally they wouldn’t have done,” he added. “You have inhibitions that are lost.”

Deems urges local businesses to follow state law when making an alcohol sale.

“It’s important that clerks pay close attention when they’re selling alcohol, that they’re not selling to people under 21 years old,” he said. “I’d encourage them to always check a person’s identification.

“You can never be too proactive in preventing alcohol from getting into the hands of minors.”

The sting was conducted as an ongoing effort by local law enforcement to target and stop the sale of alcohol to persons under 21 years of age. It was funded and coordinated by the Southern Regional Highway Safety Program and the ABCA.

Store clerks who sold alcohol illegally were charged with selling alcohol to a person under 21.

The businesses also face further fines from the ABCA.

Establishments which allegedly sold alcohol illegally were:

— Co Mac #1 – 1706 Harper Road, Beckley

— Little General Store #2480 – 4223 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley

— CJ’s Tobacco Shop – 101 North Eisenhower Drive, Beckley

— Morgan’s Food and Spirits – 1924 Harper Road, Beckley

— Corner Shop – 745 S. Kanawha St., Beckley

— Giovanni’s Pizza – 7021 Harper Road, Glen Daniel

— Little General Store #2360 – 7006 Harper Road, Glen Daniel

— Muncheez Bar & Grill – 2825 Harper Road, Beckley

— J. C.’s – 866 Highway 41, Stanaford Road, Beckley

— Little General Store #275 – 2406 Harper Road, Beckley

— Galford’s Mini Mart #2  2180 Grandview Road, Beaver

— Rumors Pub – 1960 Flat Top Road, Cool Ridge

— PJ’s Bar – 1475 Flat Top Road, Cool Ridge

— Our Place or Yours – 2112 S. Fayette St., Beckley

— Gary’s Landing – 1196 Airport Road, Beaver

— Bunker’s Sports Bar – 255 Resort Drive, Daniels

— Little General Store #2180 – 762 Ritter Drive, Beaver

— Rasi’s Discount Tobacco & Liquor – 653 North Ritter Drive, Beaver

— Airport Road Shell – 1125 Airport Road, Beaver

— Grandview Shell – 2267 Grandview Road, Beaver

— Pop’s of Shady – 2825 Ritter Drive, Shady Springs

Text Only
Latest News
  • twv twins One Hatfield, two actors

    If you shake hands with the cast and crew at Theatre West Virginia after the show, don’t worry if you think you’re seeing double.
    Jacob and James Cline, 12-year-old twins, are a part of the team this year, assisting  with props and portraying Little Troy Hatfield.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Construction begins on Meadow River Rail Trail

    Construction has finally begun on the Meadow River Rail Trail, a recreation project undertaken in a unique partnership between Greenbrier and Fayette counties.

    July 25, 2014

  • AARP reps talk future of Social Security

    The future of Social Security was on the menu at a listening session staged Thursday by AARP West Virginia at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

    July 25, 2014

  • Juvenile petitions sought against teens in Mount Hope B&Es

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is filing juvenile petitions against two Page-area teens after two businesses in the Mount Hope area were broken into early Thursday.

    July 25, 2014

  • US issues 186 mining citations in June

    The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lawsuit filed after Dirty Girl Run canceled

    A lawsuit has been filed against the producers of a run that was canceled in Charleston in which participants were told they wouldn't be issued refunds.

    July 24, 2014

  • Juveniles caught after breaking and entering in Fayette

    The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is filing juvenile petitions against two teens from the Page area after two businesses in the Mount Hope area were broken into.

    July 24, 2014

  • Saints arrive 1 Saints march into ‘Almost Heaven, W.Va.’

    At 3:54 p.m. Wednesday afternoon the New Orleans Saints’ chartered flight touched the ground at the Greenbrier Valley Airport, and Greenbrier County officially became “Who Dat?” Country. INCLUDES TOUT VIDEO.

    July 24, 2014 3 Photos

  • Broadband panel eyes access to rural areas

    The West Virginia Broadband Deployment Council met far outside its typical Charleston venue Wednesday to hear issues about Internet speeds in some of the state’s most rural regions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lewisburg official says fuel spill contained, drinking water safe

    Lewisburg’s public works director is confident that a Tuesday afternoon fuel spill 60 miles upriver from the city water system’s intake has been contained and the water is safe to drink.

    July 24, 2014