On September 18th, the Rapid City Police Department conducted compliance checks of local alcohol establishments. A total of 15 establishments were checked and 12 were found to be in compliance.
Three of the establishments, Marlin’s Roadhouse Grill/Road Hog, located at 2803 Deadwood Ave, Longhorn Steakhouse, located at 1510 Eglin St, and Fresh Start, located at 520 Birch Ave, sold alcohol to underage police informants. The sellers, Breanna Phillips (22 years old), an employee of Road Hog, Ami Lapham (37 years old), an employee of Longhorn Steakhouse, and Abbie Tanner (50 years old), an employee of Fresh Start, were issued court appearance required citations.
Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by 30 days in jail, a $500 fine, or both.
The following establishments were found to be in compliance:
- Historic Freight House 306 7th St
- Thirsty’s 819 Main St
- Toby’s Casino 710 Cleveland St
- Rushmore Sinclair 2420 Mt Rushmore Rd
- Safeway Store #1554 730 Mountain View Rd
- BP Casino 609 Mountain View Rd Ste C-1
- Big D Oil #54 3851 Eglin St
- Huhot Mongolian Grill 1745 Eglin St Ste 990
- Blaze Pizza 1325 Eglin St Ste 100
- Corner Pantry #8 302 E North St
- Common Cents 634 E North St
- T.R.E.A. 1981 Centre St
The Rapid City Police Department is committed to excellence in public safety. Protecting the youth in the community is a priority and the Department will continue to conduct alcohol compliance checks in an effort to reduce underage consumption of alcohol.
Since January 1, 2017, thirteen establishments have failed the alcohol compliance checks by selling to underage informants.
* The charges are merely accusations and the cited individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Any additional details regarding this case can be obtained from the Pennington County State’s Attorney and/or court records as appropriate.