Only 1 arrest in Columbia County underage alcohol sting

An Appling convenience store clerk has been charged with selling alcohol to someone without asking for identification during a recent undercover operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office sent an underage, undercover person into nine alcohol-selling establishments on Tuesday, said sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
"Eight of the nine were in compliance," Morris said, adding that compliance means the clerk asked for identification and denied to sell the alcohol to the underage shopper.
Connie Akins, clerk at Circle K at 1825 Appling-Harlem Highway, sold a six pack of beer to the undercover person without asking for identification, Morris said. She was charged with a county ordinance violation for selling alcohol to someone without proper identification.
Typically, Columbia County Code Enforcement will follow up by citing the business owner as well. Both are usually fined $1,000 in county Magistrate Court, Morris said.
Morris said the sheriff's conducts these random operations several times a year.
Morris said businesses receiving three violations within three years are usually taken before the Columbia County Commission for potential alcohol license revocation.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or
valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com.

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