By Denise Richardson
The Daily Star
---- — Area police conducting stings recently made some arrests for alcohol-related offenses.
State police at Oneonta and Richfield Springs conducted an ``under-age drinker initiative’’ investigation Feb. 3, using two underage operatives at 16 convenience stores in Otsego and Delaware counties.
As a result, according to a media release, troopers charged Eugene S. Rowell, 50, a clerk at the Hess Express on Main Street in Oneonta, and James G. Erwin, 21, a clerk at the Sunoco Country Store on Kingston Street in Delhi, with underage sale of alcohol. Rowell is to appear in Oneonta City Court on Wednesday, and Erwin is to appear in Delhi Town Court on Tuesday.
On Jan. 26, Oneonta city police, state police and agents from the state Liquor Authority conducted a sweep at three downtown Oneonta bars, city police Lt. Douglas Brenner said this week.
City police arrested three people for underage possession of alcohol at Stormy Monday’s, 142 Main St., Brenner said. Two other arrests were made, probably for possession of another person’s license, Brenner said, at Jimmy T’s, at 222 Main St., where Liquor Authority agents spoke with some people about underage consumption.
The law enforcement group also stopped at the Sip and Sail, at 80 Water St., but no problems were identified, Brenner said.
The state Liquor Authority reported no major issues to the Oneonta Police Department from the Jan. 26 visits, Brenner said.
Two messages left with the Liquor Authority on Wednesday weren’t returned by Thursday.
On Feb. 1, 2012, the Liquor Authority issued orders shuttering three downtown Oneonta bars. The orders followed a multi-agency sweep during which the three bars were cited for many instances of alcohol sales to minors.
Last month, city Police Chief Dennis Nayor attributed a decrease in liquor-law violations and simple assaults in 2012 to the closures of the three bars.