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Police: 5 sold underage customer alcohol in Elizabethton sting operation

Staff Report • Oct 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM

ELIZABETHTON — Employees of five local businesses sold alcohol to an underage, undercover customer on Friday, resulting in criminal summonses, Elizabethton police said in a news release.

Police sent a "confidential operative" younger than 21 but older than 18 into businesses to attempt to buy alcohol as part of a check for state law compliance.

Five people working for five different businesses allowed the operative to but alcohol, police said. The locations were:

• Go Grocery, 701 West Elk Ave.

• Bonnie Kate Cafe, 115 S. Sycamore St.

• The Smokehouse BBQ Company, 1941 Milligan Hwy.

• Beef O’ Brady’s, 173 Hudson Drive

• Lakeo Steakhouse of Japan, 139 Hudson Drive.

Each employee was issued a criminal summons for sale of alcohol to a minor. Appearances were set for Dec. 3 in Carter County Sessions Court.