SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 21, 2013

Danvers businesses lauded for ferreting out fake IDs

BY ETHAN FORMAN
STAFF WRITER

---- — DANVERS — Usually, when selectmen call liquor license holders before them, it’s to find out what went wrong.

On Tuesday night, selectmen lauded two establishments that police Chief Neil Ouellette said did the right thing.

Kappy’s Fine Wine and Spirits on Route 114 and Buffalo Wild Wings at the Liberty Tree Mall were singled out for thwarting sales to underage patrons using fake IDs.

With Peg Sallade, the project director of the Danvers Cares prevention coalition on hand, selectmen recognized the two establishments with certificates.

Danvers Cares, a coalition of school and town officials, law enforcement, and business and civic leaders, has formed a partnership with businesses that serve alcohol to head off the problem of underage drinking, Sallade said.

The town has a more than 95 percent compliance rate when it comes to its police liquor compliance checks, the chief said.

“We have very few repeat businesses that have subsequent violations,” Ouellette said.

On July 16, Kappy’s cashier Krystyna Mroz of Danvers helped thwart the sale of a 36-pack of Bud Light to an 18-year-old, Ouellette said. Mroz was reportedly handed a New Jersey driver’s license, and she checked it out.

“It did not match the reference book in front of her,” Ouellette said. The young person then ran out of the store.

Sgt. Peter Shabowich, who was recently promoted from patrolman, responded to the call from Kappy’s. With the help of managers Steve Colucci and Stuart Paul, police were able to track down the young man who was later summonsed to court, Ouellette said. The alleged offender’s real name was on the fake license.

Mroz accepted the certificate on behalf of the liquor store at the selectmen’s meeting.

The incident at Buffalo Wild Wings took place on Aug. 2 at 8:38 p.m. when Patrolman Keith Chalmers was called to the restaurant and met with manager Robert Bonin, Ouellette said. In a large party, one of the young men had shown an ID that had lamination over it, indicating it was false.

The young man reportedly said the ID was given to him because the man in the picture looked like him, Ouellette said. The young man was not served, and the group was allowed to stay. A summons was issued for the use of the fake ID.

These two instances were not part of the liquor compliance checks the department runs twice a year at all of the town’s establishments, Ouellette said.

“The department will continue to conduct these checks in the foreseeable future,” Ouellette said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.