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Stores, Restaurant and Bowling Center Fined for Serving Booze to Minors

Jordan's Liquors, Restaurant La Camelia, Clift's Liquors and the East Providence Bowling Center were fined $250 for serving alcohol to teenagers.

Four city establishments were busted for selling alcohol to teenagers and were fined $250 after a hearing held at Tuesday's city council meeting. , Restaurant La Camelia, Clift's Liquors and the East Providence Bowling Center all were given the minimum fine as it was the first offense for all businesses.

The sting was facilitated by the East Providence Prevention Coalition (EPPC) and

A six-pack of Corona beer was purchased by a male teenager at Jordan's Liquors. The restaurants allegedly served two minors. 

Kevork Moukhtarian, owner of Restaurant La Camelia, said his wife, who sold the alcohol, was a responsible person. The minors looked much older than teenagers, he said. Carding everyone, no matter the age, is now mandatory practice.

"Even grey haired people we're asking for their ID," he said. "They can camouflage themselves if they are minors."

Sgt. Andrews said officers gave the owner a "break" as anyone who serves a minor alcohol could be arrested.

The night got a bit more interesting after the East Providence Bowling Center bartender - that pled not guilty in East Providence Municipal Court and was found guilty - took the podium and said one of the teenagers stole the beer.

"I ran out looking for her," she said, adding she would take the matter up in Superior Court.

According to Sgt. Andrews, the money collected from fined business owners is collected and will be used to fund future EPPC underage drinking stings.

Nelson Almeida July 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Glad to see eppd doing a fine job once again.
Kevin Oliver July 19, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Good to see EPPD doing the right thing here and nailing these bussiness's. My next question is what happens to repeat offenders of this law? at what point does there license get suspended ?
Joe Jones July 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
$250.00 fine is nothing! They should have issued a larger fine to all invovled. Better yet go to the establishments and watch how many are overserved especially at EP Lanes....
Joe Jones September 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Hope EPPD watches as the bowlers exit the lanes as many come out feeling no pain then DRIVE! UGH
Joe Jones November 11, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Another incident at EP Lanes in October with alcohol but yet no fines,loss of license,no punishment?

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