Sunday, November 19, 2017
Public safety

Store clerks not charged for serving alcohol to minors

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BROOKSVILLE — Three clerks who served alcohol to an underage informant on Thursday will take a class instead of facing a criminal charge, authorities said.

The Hernando Sheriff's Office checked 14 convenience stores throughout the county. Of those, three clerks sold alcohol to the underage informant.

All three clerks were given the opportunity to attend a training class, called Promoting Retailers Education Program in Florida. Known as PREP, the course is provided with federal grant funding administered through the Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition, said Sue Carrigan, project director for the coalition.

During the two-hour class, participants learn how to check for fake identifications and learn the penalties for serving underage customers, among a host of other lessons, Carrigan said.

The stores where clerks served the informant included: Circle K at 13337 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill; Hess at 75 Broad St., Masaryktown, and Sunoco at 6029 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

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