July 1, 2016

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Wadsworth businesses fail booze sting

WADSWORTH — Police sent minors into 26 local bars, restaurants and convenience stores last week to see if they could buy alcohol.

More than a quarter of the establishments failed the test.

Police cited employees at seven businesses during the crackdown on underage alcohol sales.

“It’s kind of an ongoing concern we have here with underage sales, and so we’ll periodically schedule those compliance checks and go in unannounced,” Wadsworth police Lt. Rob Wyrick said.

The sting was a cooperative effort between city police and agents of the Ohio Investigative Unit, a division of the state Department of Public Safety that specializes in liquor, food stamps and tobacco investigations.

Police issued citations to the following individuals and businesses:

• Diane Ake, 48, 4051 Greenwich Road, Seville, at KC’s Sports Bar, 346 Main St.

• Jose Romeo Ramirez-Menendez, 45, 1353 High St., Apt. 114, Wadsworth, at El Patron, 1154 Hinkle Drive.

• Ashley Light, 25, Barberton, at Marie’s Restaurant, 130 E. Smokerise Drive.

• Debra Butti, 32, 810 High St., Apt. 430, Wadsworth, at Circle K, 1051 High St.

• Amy J. Betts, 27, Akron, at Convenient Food Mart, 110 Akron Road.

• Jose Castro-Benitez, 34, Copley, at Casa Del Rio, 839 High St.

• Liang Yong, 41, 1021 Ledgestone Drive, Wadsworth, at Kasai Japanese Restaurant, 295 Weatherstone Drive, Unit E.

The charge is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 to $1,000 and up to six months in jail for the individual, according to John Campbell, agent in charge at Canton OIU.

Campbell said the results of the investigation will be reported to the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, which can fine the businesses or suspend and revoke their liquor licenses.