La Mesa fails alcohol check

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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:26 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

Law enforcement across the metropolitan area conducted alcohol sales compliance checks, finding 25 businesses in Douglas and Sarpy counties between Dec. 19 and Dec. 20 that sold to a minor.

La Mesa at 829 Tara Plaza was among the 11 percent of businesses that sold to a minor and one of six repeat offenders identified by Project Extra Mile, an advocacy group that targets underage alcohol use.

A press release from the group said La Mesa could face a two-day mandatory closure of alcohol sales and a $4,000 fine if the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission follows its sentencing guidelines for two violations within two years.

While 98 percent of businesses checked for identification, 13 of the 25 businesses that were caught selling to a minor checked for ID but went ahead and sold the alcohol anyway.

“It is disturbing to see the number of retailers who are checking the ID of the minor and go on to sell alcohol to the young person, no questions asked,” Project Extra Mile Executive Director Nicole Carritt said in a press release.

Thirty officers from the Bellevue, La Vista and Omaha police departments, Douglas and Sarpy sheriff’s offices and the Nebraska State Patrol took place in the multi-jurisdictional enforcement effort.

“We are serious about preventing youth access to alcohol,” La Vista Police Chief Bob Lausten said in a press release. “There’s absolutely no excuse for adults who provide alcohol to minors whether it be in a retail or social setting.”

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