Clovis establishments cited for selling alcohol to minors

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer

Police allege two Clovis businesses sold alcohol to minors on New Year’s Eve during a sting operation by the Department of Public safety.

Administrative citations are pending against the American Legion Post 25 and Kelley’s Bar and Grill package store, according to a press release from the Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division in Clovis.

Police allege a male employee at Kelley’s and a female employee at the American Legion Post 25 each sold alcohol to a minor.

Police also allege the American Legion Post 25 allowed patrons to leave with open alcohol containers, and allowed non-members to enter the facility.

American Legion Post 25 Commander Randy Lopez said the post is conducting an independent, internal investigation into the incident and allegations.

“Everything is under investigation, we don’t know all the facts yet,” Lopez said.

Officials at Kelley’s did not return a phone call seeking comment.

The checks were conducted, “To see if establishments that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages are checking for underage minors attempting to purchase alcohol,” the DPS release said.

The stings were planned in four days, and nabbed fewer businesses this year selling alcohol to minors than in previous years, according to Agent D. Ledezma-Pinon of the Department of Public Safety Special Investigations Division in Clovis.

“It’s encouraging, but it’s still … too many,” Ledezma-Pinon said.