Business cited for providing alcohol to minors

April 2, 2008 12:57:18 PM PDT
Two of 11 businesses in St. Helena and the unincorporated areas of Napa County were cited for providing alcohol to minors over the weekend, the Napa County Sheriff's Department reported today.

Sheriff's Capt. John Robertson said eight businesses in St. Helena were checked for compliance Saturday and only the Armadillo's restaurant was cited when a server failed to check a decoy's identification before serving alcohol.

The minor decoy also asked 17 people in front of two markets in St. Helena to buy alcohol, and two men in their 20s were cited and released when they agreed to do so, Robertson said.

Three businesses in Napa County were checked for compliance during the minor decoy operation and only a minor clerk in the Soda Canyon Store was cited, Robertson said.

One business in Napa County was given a formal warning for allowing people to drink alcoholic beverages in the parking lot, Robertson said.

Robertson said there has been a marked improvement in compliance by licensed businesses during the more than two years the county sheriff's department and the California Alcoholic Beverage Control have been conducting the sting operations.