Arrests made for selling alcohol to minors

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The Williamston Police Department has, in recent weeks, conducted an undercover operation to ascertain the potential seriousness of town businesses selling or transferring alcohol to minors.

According to Williamston Police Chief Jay Grubbs, numerous warrants were obtained for individuals at various business locations who were involved in the sale or transfer of alcohol to minors.

As of Monday afternoon, three arrests were made with more to follow, Chief Grubbs said.

Arrested were:

Nov. 9 – Maria Joan Rosshirt, 27, 805 Gossett Dr., Williamston, an employee at SavWay, 309 East Main St., Williamston, was arrested for transfer of beer to a minor. E. S. Russell investigated.

Nov. 11 – Nisith Ghanshyabhai, Patel, 33, 125 Oakridge Drive, Williamston was arrested for transfer of beer to a minor after an underage confidential informant purchased a 24 ounce can of Ice House Beer at the EZ Trip Gas Station, 934 Anderson Dr. in Williamston. Capt. E. W. Russell, T. J. Richardson investigated.

Nov. 11 – Diane Bell smith, 54, 43 Main St., Pelzer was arrested for transfer of liquor to a minor after an underage confidential informant purchased 1.75 liter ot TAAKA vodka at Major ABC store at 510 Greenville Dr. Williamston. Capt. E. S. Russell, T. J. Richardson investigated.

Nov. 11 – Tammy James Winburn, 49, 100 Cheri Circle, Pelzer was arrested for transfer of beer to a minor after an underage confidential informant purchased an alcoholilc beverage at the Curb Market, 508 Greenville Dr., Williamston.

Among other incidents investigated were the following:

Nov. 16 – Fast Fuel, 207 West Main St., Williamston reported a shoplifting incident in which an unknown suspect reached across the counter and took two Cash 2 Go Lottery tickets from the dispenser. The tickets were valued at $4. K. D. Lollis, E. T. Hitchins investigated.

Nov. 16 – Tammy Louise Emer, 40, 17 Church St,. #134, Williamston reported someone attempted to break into her 2002 Chevrolet Ventura van. D. M. Stipe investigated.

Nov. 15 – Brenda P. Rosemond, 54, 400 Tripp St., Williamston reported a charcoal grill valued at $50 taken from the residence. M. E. Simmons investigated.

Nov. 15 – Officers found three chairs and a pop up tent in the woods off Williams Street. The items, valued at $200, were taken to the police department until claimed by the owner. T. A. Striss investigated.