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March 15, 2021

15 Cited for Selling Alcohol to Minors in Washington Parish

A press release from the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office states that WPSO conducted two Juvenile Underage Drinking Enforcement operations in February 2021 and participated in a third with the Bogalusa Police Department. Numerous parish businesses were visited and an attempt was made by an underage customer to purchase alcohol at each location. Some businesses were visited more than once. On fifteen occasions, business clerks were willing to sell to the underage customer in violation of Louisiana law which requires identification and age verification for alcohol sales. The clerk who sold alcohol to a minor was given a summons to appear in court.

The first enforcement operation, conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, identified the following four businesses and store employees cited for selling alcohol to a minor:

  • PA Hilltop, 59269 Highway 10, Bogalusa, employee Kuldip Khurana
  • Liberty Fuel Stop, 63298 Highway 10 East, Bogalusa, employee Renjeet Singh
  • Texaco, 846 Avenue F, Bogalusa, employee Sonja Vaughan
  • Fair City Chevron, 1800 Washington Street, Franklinton, employee Jackie Walker

During the same enforcement operation, numerous businesses complied with the law, reviewed identification, and refused to sell alcohol to a minor. Those businesses were:

  • Hackley Hill, 31141 Sam Thomas Road, Franklinton
  • Warnerton Quik Stop, 32011 Highway 25, Warnerton
  • Bridge Store, 23488 Highway 430, Franklinton
  • Market Max, 809 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Valero, 1305 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • JOJO’s Stop, 1312 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Stop 2, Stop & Save, 19597 Highway 21, Bogalusa
  • Highway 10 One Stop, 58269 Highway 10 West, Bogalusa
  • Thrifty Store (Green Store), 802 Sabine Street, Bogalusa
  • Chevron, 63227 Highway 10 East, Bogalusa
  • Coconut Daiquiri, 63249 Highway 10 East, Bogalusa
  • Jayz Quick Stop, 19597 Highway 21, Bogalusa

The Sheriff’s Office conducted a second enforcement operation which resulted in seven store employees being cited for selling alcohol to a minor. Those businesses and clerks were:

  • Jr. Food Mart, 300 Superior Avenue, Bogalusa, employee Kayla Alexander
  • Texaco, 846 Avenue F, Bogalusa, employee Sonja Vaughan
  • Corner Store, 1003 Columbia Street, Bogalusa, employee Morshed Kasem
  • Chevron, 1201 Sunset Drive, Bogalusa, employee Rachel Bowman
  • Market Max, 32011 Highway 25, Franklinton, employee Paige Dunham
  • Chevron, 26003 Highway 21, Varnado, employee Kimberly Taylor
  • Texaco, 25590 Highway 21, Varnado, employee Destiny Craft

Thirteen businesses refused to sell alcohol to a minor during the second enforcement operation. Those businesses were:

  • Jayz Quick Stop, 19597 Highway 21, Bogalusa
  • Liberty Fuel Stop, 63298 Highway 10, Bogalusa
  • Chevron, 63227 Highway 10 East, Bogalusa
  • Thrifty Store (Green Store), 802 Sabine Street, Bogalusa
  • Walgreens, 217 Superior Avenue, Bogalusa
  • Chevron, 103 Marshall Richardson Road, Bogalusa
  • Tiger Den, 15019 Highway 21, Bogalusa
  • Circle C, 14296 Highway 21, Bogalusa
  • Power Food and Convenience, 1756 St. Louis Street, Bogalusa
  • Chevron, 1800 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Valero,1305 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Market Max 809 Washington Street, Franklinton
  • Hackley Hill, 31141 Sam Thomas Road, Franklinton

A third enforcement operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Bogalusa Police Department. Store clerks at four Bogalusa businesses were cited for selling alcohol to a minor. Those businesses and clerks were:

  • Chevron, 103 Marshall Richardson Road, employee Shawn Singletary
  • CVS, 329 Superior Avenue, employee Barbra Bryd
  • Kassim Stop N Save, 120 Carolina Avenue, employee Ali Yehya
  • S&P Truck Stop, 63208 Highway 10 East, employee Singh Ranjeet

During the same joint operation, twelve Bogalusa businesses complied with state law and refused to sell alcohol to a minor. Those businesses were:

  • Thrifty Store (Green Store), 802 Sabine Street
  • Walgreens, 217 Superior Avenue
  • Power Food and Convenience, 1756 St. Louis Street
  • Highway 10 One Stop, 59269 Highway 10 West
  • Nore Stop and Shop, 304 Georgia Avenue
  • Texaco, 846 Avenue F
  • Ole JK’s Liquor, 721 Avenue F
  • Jr. Food Mart, 300 Superior Avenue
  • Wal-Mart, 401 Ontario Avenue
  • Chevron, 1201 Sunset Drive
  • Quick Stop Superette, 1003 S. Columbia
  • Bogalusa C Store, 1309 Columbia Street

“The solution is simple,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “A store clerk selling alcohol should always check for age verification when someone purchases alcohol and refuse to sell alcohol to any person who is under age. Although the business itself might not be fully responsible, the employee who sold alcohol to a minor is totally responsible. I hope the fifteen clerks that did sell alcohol to a minor have learned to require identification from customers. I commend those parish businesses which verified the age of the minor and refused to sell alcohol. They did it right.”

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