Less than a year after an election in which voters decided to allow alcohol sales in the city of Vidor, officers have started arresting store clerks who police say are selling alcohol to minors.
Voters in the city on November 8, 2011 chose to allow the sale of alcohol in Vidor. Shortly after the election stores began applying for permits to sell alcohol.
The Vidor Police Department Street Crimes Unit on Friday, Aug. 3, worked with agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in an undercover operation. As a result of their efforts, two adult store clerks are charged with selling to a minor. Police say a minor who was working as a store clerk also sold to a juvenile and is awaiting a response from juvenile authorities.
According to a news release issued by the Vidor Police Department, officers sent a juvenile into Vidor stores where alcoholic beverages are sold. The unnamed juvenile showed a valid Texas Identification card when asked by the store clerks. The identification showed the juvenile to be a minor.
The first store where a violation occurred is identified by police as Brookshire Brothers at 1380 North Main. A juvenile store clerk sold alcoholic beverages to the juvenile purchaser. The store clerk was identified and an offense report is being forwarded to Juvenile authorities for the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages to a Minor.
The second store was the Texaco station at 695 North Main. The clerk who officers said sold alcohol to a minor is identified by police as Brenda Dreggors Jannise, 47. She was charged with selling alcohol to a minor. Officers say she also had an outstanding non-related warrant. She was taken to the Orange County jail.
The third store involved is Johnny's Package Store located at 1880 South Main. Police say Chelsie Renea Abercrombie, 25, sold alcohol to the minor used in the operation. Abercrombie was taken to the Orange County Jail.
Both Jannise and Abercrombie were arraigned by Orange County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Janice Menard. Their bonds were set at $500 each.
Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows says officers will be watching stores that sell alcohol.
"We will be conducting future operations with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and hope to find every retailer in compliance," said Chief Shows.