Underage drinking initiative leads to arrests

By WKTV News

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Five people are facing charges, with further arrests pending, after an underage drinking initiative in Oneida County was conducted by New York State Police.

Authorities say ten bars, convenience and liquor stores were all investigated, using an undercover underage volunteer who was sent into each establishment, along with an undercover State Trooper, in an attempt to have the clerk/bartender sell or serve the minor alcohol.

The following people were charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage. They were issued appearance tickets returnable in that particular jurisdiction and released:

*Robin M. Marolf, 47, of Holland Patent, while working at the Floyd Quick N Easy in Stittville

*Cynthis J. Lapoint, 40, of Rome, while working at the Hideaway Pub in Rome

*Renee A. Alante, 40, of Steuben, while working at Hotel Moore in Barneveld

The following were arrested at the Hotel Moore for unlawful possession of an alcoholic beverage under the age of 21:

*Justin B. Weakley, 20, of Cold Brook

*Bradford K. Devine, 20, of Holland Patent

Authorities say further arrests are pending.

The following establishments were checked and authorities say they did not sell to the underage individual:

*Nice N Easy in Alder Creek

*Sunoco A Plus in Boonville

*Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes in Boonville

*Stewart's Shops in Boonville

*Great American in Boonville

*Stewarts Shops in Barneveld

*Nice N Easy Grocery Shop in Barneveld

Businesses where a violation takes place are referred to the New York State Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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