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Bartender, clerk charged with selling liquor to minors

  • Written by Bob Rakow

An Oak Lawn tavern and a liquor store were caught selling alcohol to minors Dec. 26 during a sting conducted by police.

Two Oak Lawn police officers at 5:16 p.m. witnessed a bartender at PJ’s Pourhouse, 5635 W. 87th St., serve a bottle of beer to an 18- and 19 year-old, according to reports. The bartender, Linda M. Roberts, 58, of Chicago, was charged with selling alcohol to minors, an ordinance violation.

About 30 minutes later, the duo purchased a case of beer at Cardinal Liquors, 9630 S. Southwest Highway, after the store clerk did not ask for identification, police said. The clerk, Marilyn R. Wantiez, 74, of Oak Lawn, also was charged with selling alcohol to minors, police said.

The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Illinois Dept. of Revenue Liquor Control Commission. The arrests came shortly after Oak Lawn police warned bars and liquor stores they were cracking down on the sale of liquor to minors.