Underage alcohol sales bring charges

Two Martinez store clerks were charged with selling alcohol to a minor during a recent undercover operation by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.


The sheriff's office sent an underage, undercover person into 12 alcohol-selling establishments on Tuesday, according to sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Clerks at 10 of the 12 stores asked for identification and did not sell alcohol to the underage shopper.

John Tzolis, an employee at Yanni's Package Shop at 236 Bobby Jones Expressway, and a 16-year-old employee of Bi-Lo at 500 Furys Ferry Road, were charged with a county ordinance violation for selling alcohol to someone without proper identification.

Morris said the sheriff's office conducts these random operations several times a year. Typically, Columbia County Code Enforcement will follow-up by citing the business owner as well and both face fines in county Magistrate Court, said Linda Glasscock, Code Enforcement/Animal Services manager.

Businesses receiving three violations within three years are usually taken before the Columbia County Commission for potential alcohol license revocation, Morris has said.

Businesses that operated properly during the sting were: Circle K locations at 3934 Washington Road, Martinez, 190 Baston Road, Martinez, and 1045 Furys Ferry Road, Evans; Food Lion, 4098 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez; Liquor and More, 3821 Washington Road, Martinez; Sprint, 3701 Washington Road, Martinez; Woody's Spirits, 5121 Washington Road, Evans; Yeong's Pantry, 2205 S. Belair Road, Martinez; Golden Package Shop, 218 S. Belair Road, Martinez; and Publix, 5119 Washington Road, Evans.






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