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5 Accused of Selling Alcohol to Minors

Suffolk police test 14 stores, stations around the town.

Five people were arrested on charges of selling alcohol to minors at several businesses around the Town of Huntington Friday.

The Suffolk County Second Precinct Crime Section conducted an underage alcohol sting operation of nine businesses and five were found in violation.

A volunteer, acting on behalf of the police department and younger than 21 years old, entered 14 businesses with the intent to purchase alcohol. Some the stores were chosen in response to community complaints while others were randomly selected.

Police said the following businesses failed inspection and each store representative was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child after selling alcohol to a minor:

  • Kathleen Kress, 54, East Northport Beverage Company, 308 Larkfield Road, East Northport
  •  Hipolito Estevez, 53, Papa Ningo Deli, 1888 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • Sergio Omar Hernandez, 24, Los Compas Deli and Grocery, 161 Depot Road, Huntington Station
  •  Kenneth Babi, 48, West Hills Wines & Liquors, 1720 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  •  Andrew Lastuvka, 26, Arizona Bar and Grill, 6106 Route 25, Commack

Four were issued a field appearance ticket and scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on June 4. Hernandez was held for arraignment Saturday.

The following nine establishments refused the sale of alcohol to a minor:

  •        Brothers Deli, 243 Broadway, Greenlawn
  •        Broadway Bagelry, 223 Broadway, Greenlawn
  •        Superstar Beer and Soda, 516 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        One Stop Market, 246 Pulaski Road, East Northport
  •        Huntington Gas, 341 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        24/7, 10 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
  •        Valero Gas, 445 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        Instant Replay, 282 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        BP Gas, 272 Route 25, Huntington Station
ARCH STANTON April 06, 2013 at 02:47 PM
GREAT IDEA TO LIST THE NAMES OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS THAT SOLD ALCOHOL TO MINORS. I'M ALSO IMPRESSED THAT YOU IDENTIFIED THE NAMES OF THE NINE BUSINESSES OUT OF FOURTEEN THAT REFUSED TO SELL. CREDIT THE SCPD FOR ENFORCING THE LAW AND NORTHPORT PATCH FOR REPORTING THE FACTS IN DETAIL.
FYI April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM
I would hope that the liquor licenses of the violators would be reviewed and the establishments that sold to minors be put on probation for consideration of revoking their permit to sell alcohol.
Sharon A. April 07, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Kiddos to the stores that dint sell....those are the ones I WILL shop in!
Michael Silvestri Sr. April 09, 2013 at 03:19 AM
I live in East Northport and patronize the East Northport Beverage they always check, this one just happened to get by. Do they tell you how many times they passed the SLA check in the past ! The youths of East Northport do not go there because they know they cannot get alcohol there, they go elsewhere. It was a mistake and everyone makes them.
ARCH STANTON April 09, 2013 at 04:08 PM
HEY MICHAEL, YOUR MAKING EXCUSES. THE QUESTION IS WHY? THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK AND NOT SELL TO MINORS. TO MAKE COMMENTS LIKE THEY ALWAYS CHECK, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE THEY PASSED AN SLA CHECK AND OF COURSE MY FAVORITE, THE YOUTHS OF EAST NORTHPORT DO NOT GO THERE BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY CANNOT GET ALCOHOL THERE, THEY GO ELSEWHERE. HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY KNOW AND MAKE SUCH LUDICROUS COMMENTS, AN ULTERIOR MOTIVE COMES TO MIND.

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