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  • Four arrested in Montgomery Co. alcohol sting

  • Four people were arrested as a result of a recent alcohol sting conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

    The sheriff’s office, in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority and the Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St. Johnsville police departments, sent a person younger than 21 years of age into numerous locations throughout the county as part of the sting.

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  • Four people were arrested as a result of a recent alcohol sting conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
    The sheriff’s office, in conjunction with the New York State Liquor Authority and the Canajoharie, Fort Plain and St. Johnsville police departments, sent a person younger than 21 years of age into numerous locations throughout the county as part of the sting.
    The minor attempted to purchase alcohol from the bars and stores.
    Arrested for misdemeanor unlawful dealing with a child were:
    • Carolyn M. Caringi, 50, of 553 county Highway 114, St. Johnsville (Lombardo’s Pizza Plus, St. Johnsville);
    • Natalie L. Bartholomew, 24, of 8 Lavender Lane, Fultonville (The Elephant Bistro, Canajoharie);
    • William R. Ashford, 53, of 35 Church St., Cherry Valley (The Stockyard, Sprakers); and
    • Ashley K. Allen, 23, of 116 Marys Lane, Fultonville (The Meadowbrook, Fultonville).
    Allen, Ashford, Bartholomew and Caringi were released on appearance tickets returnable in court at a later date, deputies said.
    “This is the second investigation of this nature in a short time and the percentages of underage alcohol sales are very concerning to all involved,” Undersheriff Jeffery Smith said in a news release. “A total of seven establishments were checked and four arrests were made. This continues to be unacceptable and shows alcohol is getting into the hands of people under the age of 21 way too often. Fifty-seven percent of the time to be successful purchasing alcohol as a minor is far too dangerous. We reiterate that as prom, graduation and the summer season approaches this needs to change.”
    Establishments that properly identified the underage individual as being younger than 21 years of age and refused to sell the alcohol were Ripepi’s, St. Johnsville; Cosmo’s Bar & Grill, St. Johnsville; and Iroquois Lanes, Canajoharie.
    “As law enforcement we will continue to work together in combating things that affect our communities and investigations of this nature can take place at anytime. We encourage all business owners to educate their employees on the dangers of underage alcohol sales,” Smith said in the release.

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