Businesses ace alcohol compliance check

All 29 refuse to sell in Sept. 21 test


Clint Riese
News Editor

Police here are giving local businesses a thumbs-up following the latest round of alcohol compliance checks. Checks were conducted at 29 on- and off-sale establishments in Forest Lake on Sept. 21, and not a one sold alcohol to someone under 21.

“The employees did an excellent job of requesting identification from the underage customers and denying the sales when the customers were unable to provide it,” said Ashley LaValle, a detective with the Forest Lake Police Department.

Local law enforcement conducted the compliance checks with funding from Invitation Health Institute through the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

Another round of checks is scheduled to be conducted after the first of the year.

In other crime news, a St. Paul Park man was arrested in Forest Lake and has charges pending following a traffic stop Monday night. The 34-year-old motorcyclist was stopped at South Shore Drive and Eighth Avenue SE for failing to halt at a stop sign. According to FLPD Capt. Greg Weiss, the man gave a false name to the police officer. After giving his real name, the man was arrested for driving with a revoked license. A subsequent search uncovered 8 grams of methamphetamine, said Weiss.

A neighborhood meeting regarding the identity fraud case in the Summerfield development drew 95-100 people to the library last Thursday. Weiss said no more identity theft victims have come forward.