WCSO NEWS RELEASE
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office conducted an Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program on Dec. 28 and 29 and Jan. 4 and 5 in partnership with the University of Nevada Police Department, Washoe County Juvenile Services, Washoe County School Police Department, Sparks Police Department, Nevada Highway Patrol and Reno Police Department.
Of the nearly 270 businesses checked, only one business sold to a minor. Twenty were cited for failure to comply with Alcohol Awareness Training requirements, and 248 passed.
“This operation shows that the majority of local businesses are aware that it’s important not to sell alcoholic beverages to minors,” Washoe County Undersheriff Todd Vinger said. “Limiting the availability of alcoholic beverages to minors reduces alcohol related incidents and accidents, which increases public safety in Washoe County.”
In addition to the business checks, law enforcement officers responded to three parties in which juveniles were known to be present during this operation. Eleven juveniles were cited for being a minor in possession.
The Enforcing the Underage Drinking Laws Program supports and enhances efforts by states and local jurisdictions to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors and the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors (minors are defined as individuals less than 21 years of age).
The Sheriff’s Office received additional funding for this operation through a grant from Join Together Northern Nevada (JTNN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the impact of substance abuse in Washoe County by improving access to prevention, intervention and treatment services.
Business that was cited for selling to a minor:
Royal Liquor and Smoke, 6380 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno
Businesses that failed to comply with Alcohol Awareness Training:
Pizza Hut, 632 E. Prater Way, Sparks
Incline Village 76 Station, 790 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village
Fiesta Mexicana, 2473 Wingfield Hills Road, Sparks
Boomtown Hotel Casino, 2100 Garson Road, Verdi
Indu’s Asian Noodles, 868 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village
Incline Liquor, 889 Tahoe Boulevard, Incline Village
7-Eleven, 6150 S. McCarran Boulevard, Reno
Maverik, 10495 Stead Boulevard, Reno
Round Table Pizza, 5150 Mae Anne Avenue, Reno
Chewy and Jugs, 3629 Kings Row, Reno
Clary’s Bar and Grill, 2780 S. Virginia Street, Reno
Shenanigan’s Olde English Pub, 77 West Plumb Lane, Reno
7-Eleven, 7500 N. Virginia Street, Reno
Hangar Bar, 10603 Stead Boulevard, Reno
Bordertown Casino, 19575 Highway 395 North, Reno
ampm, 700 Keystone Avenue, Reno
Lakeside Crossing General Store, 3650 Lakeside Drive, Reno
7-Eleven, 12605 S. Virginia Street, Reno
Vassar Market, 1870 Vassar Street, Reno
Lampost Pizza, 1141 Steamboat Parkway, Reno
The Sheriff’s Office encourages the public to report any type of underage drinking activities by calling (775) 785-WCSO (9276) or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.
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