Five Natrona County bars fail alcohol compliance check

(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)

The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office has conducted an alcohol compliance check of several County bars, five of the bars failed when they allegedly sold alcohol to an underage individual.

NCSO Sgt. Aaron Shatto told Oil City, following a similar check, that during the compliance check deputies will send a minor, under age 21, into an establishment to attempt to purchase alcohol. “There’s no trickery involved,” says Shatto. ” At any point, if they ask for the minor’s identification, they do present identification. [The minor] doesn’t lie to them, so if [the bartender or server] asks if you’re twenty-one, they say ‘no.’ That did happen on at least one occasion.”

Bartenders and servers failing the compliance check are issued a citation for “Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor.”

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The compliance checks are done at least twice per year by the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

What follows is a list of Natrona County Bars that were part of the recent compliance check. Servers and bartenders receiving a citation of “Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor” are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. Charges are subject to change.

The following are Natrona County bars that passed compliance checks by the NCSO:

  • Sloans General Store
  • Prairie Schooner
  • Big D Truck Stop
  • Northern Dreams
  • Horseshoe Bar
  • The Hangar Restaurant
  • Hiland Bright Spot
  • Lazy 8 Bar
  • Chatter’s Bar
  • Arcade Bar

The following locations did not pass the compliance checks by the NCSO, and allegedly furnished alcohol to a minor:

  • Sky Terrace Lounge
  • Sunset Bar and Grill
  • Black and Gold Grille
  • Racks
  • Alcova Marina

Shatto says that the following were also checked for tobacco compliance. All of the locations checked for identification, and none were cited for furnishing tobacco to a minor.

  • Sloans General store
  • Loaf and Jug/Bar Nunn
  • Big D Truck Stop
  • Hilands Bright Spot
  • Ghost Town Truck Stop
  • Alcova Lake Marina