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Ossining Biz Charged With Selling Booze to Minors

The Ossining police department has charged three local businesses with selling alcoholic beverages to minors, police said.

The Corner Deli at 127 North Highland Ave., John's Grocery at 64 North Highland Ave. and Paradise Deli at 41 Spring St. were all charged with violating state ABC Law Article 65 regarding sales to minors, police said. They were caught during a June 7 police inspection using undercover police operatives.

"For me, it's an embarrassment that our store has be caught selling to minors. I've trained all my workers very well for selling alcohol," said Corina Ortiz, the owner of Paradise Deli.

Ortiz said the worker who sold alcohol to a minor "doesn't know what happened to her at that moment."

The owner of Corner Deli who preferred not to be named said the worker who sold alcohol to a minor asked for identification from the buyer but made a mistake in calculating the age.

This is the first time that the store has been cited for selling alcohol to a minor, he said.

Employees from all three stores must appear in village court in the near future.

In a separate operation, El Duraznito of 40 Spring St. was charged with the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license, police said.

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