BDPD Assessing Demerit Points Against Liquor Retailer

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is assessing demerit points against a liquor retailer for selling alcohol to a minor after hours. Chief John Kreuziger is assessing 150 demerit points against the Exxon Mobile, known as Sophia Mart, at 1516 North Spring Street. Kreuziger told city officials that an employee of the store sold the alcohol without checking the identification of the teenage patron on January 30 around 10:50pm. In the summer of 2021, police issued demerit points after five sales to minors in a five-week span at the same location.

 “This is not the same owner, this is a new owner,” he says.

In addition to selling alcohol to minors, city ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol after 9pm. When questioned, the owner of the store told the chief that he was under the impression that alcohol sales were allowed until midnight, and even pointed to sign posted in the store stating that alcohol could be sold until midnight. Kreuziger issued a warning for selling alcohol outside the timeframe permitted by ordinance.

 “I think he’s sincere, he understands the points,” he says.

The city’s administrative committee took no action at this week’s meeting. Under Beaver Dam’s Demerit Point Ordinance, establishments that accumulate 200 demerit points in a rolling 18-month period could have their license suspended or revoked.