TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Two Tompkins County residents were charged with selling alcohol to people under 21 during an Underage Drinking Initiative by state police who were investigating eight retail establishments in Dryden, Groton and Lansing. While on the detail, police said they also charged a man with drunk driving.

New York State Police said they conducted the underage drinking initiative Sunday, Nov. 25 and found that two retail establishments — the Mirabito on West Main Street in the Village of Dryden and the Mobil on North Triphammer Road in Lansing — made “illegal sales to an underage operative.” State police said they check numerous retail locations to crack down on underage drinking and make sure they are in compliance with the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.

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During the operation, police charged 36-year-old James J. William Jr., of Ithaca, with unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor. Police say Williams was working at the Mirabito at 30 W. Main St., Dryden, when he sold alcohol to a 20-year-old woman. He allegedly disregarded that the woman’s license indicated she was under 21.

Police also charged Albert R. Neumann, 86, of Groton, with the ABC violation of unlawful sale of alcohol to a person under 21. Police say Neumann was working at the Mobil on North Triphammer Road in Lansing and did not ask an underage operative for any form of identification when she purchased alcohol.

While police were conducting the detail at Mobil, they said they observed someone who appeared to be intoxicated get into his vehicle and begin driving on North Triphammer Road. State police charged Ryan W. Campbell, 41, of Lansing, was stopped and found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, police said. He was released to a sober third party and will appear in Lansing Court at a later date.

Kelsey O'Connor

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