Selectmen advocate harsh punishment for failed alcohol compliance



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September 16, 2012
STURBRIDGE — At their Sept. 10 meeting, selectmen had harsh words for a business that has become a repeat offender in terms of failing police alcohol compliance checks.

Selectmen discussed the situation during Police Chief Thomas Ford III's department update. The business, which selectmen don't wish to publicly name until an Oct. 1 public hearing, allegedly had violations in the past involving the serving of alcohol to underage individuals. Board Chairman Thomas Creamer asked Ford to provide him with more information about the details surrounding the compliance check in advance of the hearing. Ford noted that town businesses were advised about the compliance checks before they took place, a courtesy the department isn't legally obligated to extend.

"In light of the fact that one of the offenders has had several previous violations and has been the subject of license suspensions, I think it important to go on record stating that as one member of the board, I will advocate for the stiffest possible penalties barring any significant or earth-shattering revelations that dictate otherwise," Creamer said. "When one considers the numbers of alcohol-related deaths or serious injuries, often involving underage drinkers, I think it critical to take a zero-tolerance approach with repeat offenders."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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