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January 25, 2015

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Henderson Police say 15 establishments fail underage alcohol check

Henderson Police said officers conducted checks of underage alcohol compliance at bars and restaurants over the weekend, and at 15 establishments, underage volunteers were able to buy alcoholic beverages.

Police on Saturday checked 59 bars, restaurants or other establishments where alcohol is served in Henderson. Of the 59 establishments, 44 did not sell alcohol to the underage volunteer working with police.

However, 15 businesses sold alcohol to a minor in violation of municipal code that prohibits the distribution of alcoholic beverages to minors, police said.

The businesses police allege failed the check were:

• Sunset and Vines, 40 Costa di Lago

• Dotty’s Casino, 754 S. Boulder Highway

• M Resort and Casino (Race & Sports Bar) 12300 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

• Eldorado Casino, 140 S. Water St.

• Gold Mine Tavern, 23 S. Water St.

• Samurai Japanese Steakhouse, 1199 W. Sunset Road

• Chevy’s, 1300 W. Sunset Road

• PT’s Gold, 2890 Bicentennial Parkway

• PT’s Gold, 10075 S. Eastern Ave.

• Jackpot Joanie’s, 2634 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway

• Tee Shots, 2200 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway

• Elephant Bar Restaurant, 2270 Village Walk Drive

• Al’s Garage, 2235 Village Walk Drive

• Black Mountain Grill, 11021 S. Eastern Ave.

• Olivo Bistro, 2940 Bicentennial Parkway

Clerks were issued a citation on a count of serving an underage person and face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, if found guilty, police said.

The owners or managers of a business that fails a compliance check a second or third time can also be issued a citation and could face the revocation of their business license.

Businesses that fail an alcohol compliance check generally are rechecked in the future, police said.

Several businesses that failed a compliance check in the past were rechecked Saturday; none of those businesses sold alcoholic beverages to the underage person. The 15 businesses that failed Saturday night failed a compliance check for the first time, police said.

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  1. If only we could see a photo of the person used for this operation; I wonder how old they look, and how old they are.

  2. Ah, the Hendertucky Mormon cops strike again. Hope my buddy at Sunset & Vines didn't get nailed. And the beat goes on...

  3. Aaaaandy ,Aaaaaandy , somebody just sold a beer to Opie, let's nip it in the bud Andy nip it in the bud. don't make me put my bullet in my gun.

  4. Making light of selling alcohol to minors does nothing to address the problem of addiction to the substance. Alcohol addiction does not just happen, it is aquired, and the earlier one starts down that road, the sooner it happens. Having had the misfortune to be involved more than once with drunk drivers, I am appalled at the attitude by some who comment in this forum. Losing someone close to them because of the actions of a drunk driver would undoubtedly change their ignorant and callous attitudes.

  5. While the internet empowers some to call other people names, having been hit by a drunk driver well beyond the age of 21, I'm not "ignorant." Further, I fail to see a direct connection between the actions covered in this article and impaired driving, and even if I did, sting operations such as this do little to curb that behavior, just as the cell phone law does little to stop people from talking or texting while driving. Alcohol is a legal substance and we do not have dram shop laws, so if this is about law enforcement wanting to make the streets safer (which it isn't), they should work with the DMV to develop real driver education and real license testing. Staging a mature-looking 20 year old to visit a restaurant with a group of people in their 30s and 40s just so they can issue a ticket is an ineffectual way to stop "minors" from drinking, and mostly irrelevant to impaired driving. Again: Let's see a photo of the person served; let's have a delineation and full disclosure of how these operations are staged. I think we'd find it revealing.

  6. I wasn't making light of anything but how stupid the whole sting thing is. Drunk driving is not humor related but the staging of decoys is.