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BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has suspended the liquor permit of Ascor Corporation, doing business as Hyde Park Corner, 3445 Prytania, New Orleans, for selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21. The business has also been fined $4,000, according to Louisiana Office of Alcohol Commissioner Murphy J. Painter. The liquor permit suspension is scheduled to run from June 15 through July 15, 2000.
Painter says Ascor was cited after New Orleans city police task force officers found 16 underage individuals being sold alcohol on the premises. He added that a hearing was held by ATC on May 10 to review the evidence and relevant testimony in the case. On May 23, Painter issued a ruling that Hyde Park Corner had indeed violated Louisiana Revised Statutes 26:90A and 286A, which provide in part that no person holding a retail dealer''s permit and no agent, associate, employee, representative, or servant of any such person shall sell or serve alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of 21.
Painter''s ruling ordered Ascor to forfeit any items seized at the time the citation was issued and to pay a fine of $250 on each of the 16 counts ($4,000). The fine must be paid within 15 days of receiving his ruling, Painter says. Under R.S. 26:106 and 303, Painter adds that Ascor has 10 days from the notification of his decision to appeal the ruling to the District Court having jurisdiction for the place of business.
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