Ti businesses caught in under-age alcohol sting

TICONDEROGA Nine arrests were made during a police sting operation in the area Dec. 8. Officers from the Essex County Sheriffs Office and Ticonderoga Police Department checked 26 businesses to see if they would sell alcohol to a 17-year-old girl who volunteered to work with police. Of the 19 businesses checked in Ticonderoga, eight sold alcohol to the teen-ager, according to a news release issued by the Essex County Sheriff's Office. Of the remaining seven businesses approached outside Ticonderoga, one employee was arrested, police said. The following store clerks or restaurant employees were charged with misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child and sale of alcohol to someone under 21, according to police: Eli J. LaRock III, 29, an employee of the Burleigh House, Ticonderoga. He also was charged with misdemeanor drug possession, police said. Barbara G. Cogswell, 45, an employee of Treadway's, Ticonderoga. Rebeka McLaughlin, no age available, an employee of Wal-Mart in Ticonderoga. Mary Jean Priore, 59, an employee of Belfred Liquor Store, Ticonderoga. Christy L. McKeown, 33, an employee of Ti Pi, Ticonderoga. David A. Iuliano, 49, an employee of Eddie's Restaurant, Ticonderoga. Lindsey A. Trudeau, 21, an employee of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant, Ticonderoga. Garret D. Pile, 23, an employee of Fort View Inn restaurant, Ticonderoga. A person under the age of 21 who works at Ernie's Market in Westport. Police said the name was not released because the clerk is eligible for youthful offender treatment in court. All nine were released pending prosecution in court. Police said the following businesses did not sell to the under-age volunteer: In Ticonderoga Ti Mobil Mart, Corner Market, Montcalm Liquor, Stewart's, Global Gas, Ti Food Mart, Rite Aid, House of Pizza, Adirondack Lanes, Carillon Restaurant and Roofers Restaurant. In Lewis Vaughns Corner Market and Vaughns Store. In Elizabethtown Bouquet Liquor Store. In Westport Westport Mobil and Everybodys Market. In Port Henry Moriah Mobil station.

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