Archbold Sunoco and Archbold SuperValu were two of three Fulton County businesses caught allegedly selling alcoholic beverages to underage customers.
The third store caught in a compliance check performed by the Ohio Investigative Unit was the Circle K at 1497 North Shoop Avenue, Wauseon.
Results of the check were announced last week by Healthy Choices, Caring Communities (HC3), an initiative of the Fulton County Family & Children First Council.
Checks were conducted during May. A trained informant, under the age of 21, went into the businesses with a license to sell liquor and attempted to purchase, while an OIU agent waited outside, out of view.
The purpose of the checks is to make sure businesses with liquor licenses require proper identification, and sell alcoholic beverages to only persons who are over 21.
Three Archbold businesses did not sell alcohol to minors: Archbold One-Stop Center, Circle K, and Main Stop.
Five Wauseon businesses passed compliance checks: Circle K, North Fulton Street, Wal-Mart; Circle K, 495 East Airport Highway; Certified Oil Company; and Courtview Mart.
The three firms that did sell alcohol to an underage person were charged administratively through the Ohio Liquor Commission.
Also the clerk who made the sale was charged with selling and-or furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
The cases will be heard in Western District Court.
HC3 officials said during the summer of 2012, Fulton County businesses that were checked stood at 75% compliant. The spring 2013 check showed a 73% compliance rate.
“Our goal is to see 100% compliance. Any establishment selling to someone underage is concerning,” said Keith Torbet, Wauseon police chief and chairman of the HC3 Law Enforcement Task Force.
The 2012 Fulton County Youth Health Assessment said when students who drink alcoholic beverages are compared to those who don’t, those who do are 6 1/2 times more likely to have considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months.
Students who drink alcohol are also 26 times more likely to have smoked marijuana in the past 12 months, and three times more likely to engage in any type of sexual behavior.
Sharon Morr, a HC3 member, said, “We all need to work together to help teens make healthy choices.”