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Jun 27, 2011 6:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Six Bartenders Arrested For Serving Alcohol To Minor

Jun 29, 2011 11:12 AM

Six bartenders were arrested over the weekend at three bars—Dream nightclub in Hampton Bays, as well as Nello Summertimes and 75 Main in Southampton Village—in separate undercover investigations by Southampton Town and Southampton Village police in an ongoing crackdown on underage drinking at local establishments.

At all three nightspots, police reported that the bartenders served alcohol to an underage police agent.

On Saturday night and continuing into the following morning, Southampton Village Police sent an agent to Nello’s and 75 Main, both on Main Street, and the Southampton Social Club on Elm Street.

“The agent was to present legitimate identification if asked and not to mislead the bar employees if confronted,” explained Chief Thomas Cummings. In addition, a plainclothes police officer stood nearby to observe, he said.

At Nello’s, the agent was admitted and was served alcohol, police said. The bartender, Tuvshinbat Selenge, 25, of Des Plaines, Illinois, was arrested at 1:10 a.m. and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a misdemeanor. Uniformed officers then conducted a State Liquor Authority inspection, although 
Chief Cummings said since the investigation was ongoing, he could not say whether charges would be levied against the club.

Officers did issue a noise summons to the manager, according to the police blotter. The prior Saturday, June 18, police said an SLA inspection there yielded several violations, including a security guard being unable to produce his security license, state liquor licenses for the front and back bars not being visible, and the liquor license not including the proper business name, according to the blotter.

The underage agent was also admitted to 75 Main and served alcohol by two bartenders, Todor Stinislavol Todorov, 22, and Natallia Saroka, 20, both of Southampton. Mr. Todorov was taken into custody at 1:43 a.m. and Ms. Sarakova at 1:54 a.m. Both were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree, a misdemeanor. Uniformed officers then conducted an SLA inspection and found “numerous” violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, which will be referred to the state for prosecution, Chief Cummings said.

The agent was denied entry to the Southampton Social Club, despite repeated attempts, police said. Because of the late hour, officers decided not to conduct an SLA inspection then, but Chief Cummings said they will do a compliance inspection there in the future. Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley said similar inspections will continue every weekend.

A few hours later at Dream nightclub on Canal Road in Hampton Bays, three bartenders sold beer to underage agents, according to the Southampton Town Police Department’s Street Crime Unit. Diandra Alioto, 22, of East Quogue, Samantha R. Fruendt, 19, of East Northport, and Kurt W. Paschke, 34, of Holbrook were arrested at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday by Town Police. All were charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, both misdemeanors.

Mr. Selenge, Mr. Todorov and Ms. Saroka were all released after posting $250 station house bail, police said.

Ms. Alioto, Ms. Fruendt and Mr. Paschke were released after being issued appearance tickets and will be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court on July 27 at 1 p.m.

Chief Cummings explained that bartenders, legally, can be younger than the legal drinking age of 21, but they must be at least 18 years old. “Technically, they are the same as a waitress in the law,” he said.

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Keep up the good work!
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on Jun 27, 11 6:42 PM
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By progressnow (556), sag harbor on Jun 27, 11 7:59 PM
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Keep up the good work! Now start hitting the homes of parents that allow drinking of underage in their homes
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 27, 11 8:45 PM
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... the trick is to catch the underage drinkers that are in the bars of their own doing, not the ones the police bring in to entrap employees.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Jun 27, 11 8:59 PM
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It's about time Nello's was raided again. Memorial Day weekend it was filled with teens. At one point there was a waiting line because the place was so full. A group of young boys who looked to be about 17, according to my offspring, called out that they wanted to buy a table. The security guy let them jump the line and go right in. Money talks there, and age doesn't matter. We just tragically lost a kid in East Quogue to drunk driving, we don't want to lose any others.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 27, 11 11:22 PM
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It's a ridiculous law. Go visit any college and you could arrest 90% of the student population. Drunk driving should not be tolerated and punishment for such offense should be stricter but the drinking age limit should be lowered.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on Jun 28, 11 6:21 AM
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The kids that drink should be arrested along with their parents that gives them the okay! By the time theses kids reach 21 alot of them are alcoholics. the beverages places should be raided also because they have workers that are selling to the underage. Let me tell you its not only the white trash kids, or the spanish kids its the Middle class and rich kids that parents allow this in there homes.
By butterflyfree (6), hampton bays on Jun 28, 11 7:53 AM
I don't understand. Two of these bartenders are under the age of 21 themselves. The law doesn't have a problem with that?
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Jun 28, 11 9:05 AM
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No, actually. You can still serve at 18.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 2, 11 11:54 PM
Why don't the Southampton Town Police raid Southampton's Publick House? Because the cops who hang out there know that the 16-20 year olds who hang out there getting schmammered are easy pickin's on any wednesday night. That place is just stuffed to the brim with young ladies talking about their SAT's and college applications. Guess somebody else is gonna have to get the "Why you little.." treatment again before anything else happens at that place.
By milkdilk (49), Southampton on Jun 28, 11 9:13 AM
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to lob such a massively incorrect characterization of a local business into this article, in an anonymous fashion, is really low and tacky. That's my personal opinion.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Jun 28, 11 12:28 PM
Are those pictures of the bartenders or of the stars of dicovery channel's new reality show about traumatized runaways?
By local69 (65), southampton on Jun 28, 11 3:02 PM
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According to my son who turned 21 a few months ago most of the local clubs and bars are full of underage kids, I asked him how they get in to the places and he says they all have fake ID's...
By DJ9222 (85), southampton on Jun 28, 11 4:57 PM
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An 18 year old is considered an adult and can be tried in court if he makes false judgement and commits a crime. So an 18 year old is capable of making every other decision as an adult but is incapable of making a decision whether or not they should drink? The 21 year old age limit for alcohol consumption sounds somewhat hypocritical.

By Jon (4), Easthampton on Jun 28, 11 10:53 PM
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OK, the bouncers [expletive deleted] at the door.

On a PACKED night, you expect the bartender to ask for ID?

What idiot farm produced this rule of law?

No insult intended to any idiot...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 28, 11 11:46 PM
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It's not just the annual problem of Nello's serving underage drinkers. Iit's also the loud, relentlessly pounding music it generates until two in the morning making sleep impossible for those living nearby - its nearest neighbor has to leave her house each weekend to get any sleep, plus noises of the shouts and altercations that take place outside of it and along Post Crossing where overflow parking occurs. There are drug deals going on in people's backyards and driveways by patrons who slip into ...more
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Jun 29, 11 10:08 AM
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Be that as it may it is the law and establishments are supposed to follow it.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jun 29, 11 10:20 AM
Mr Z, any other laws you don't like and think should be struck down? You know, because some idiot came up with it and you find it offensive?
By local69 (65), southampton on Jun 29, 11 10:55 AM
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It's about where responsibility ultimaetly lies. Have you ever been behind a bar, trying to serve more than 50 people waiting for a drink?

You have the bouncers at the DOOR, because on a busy night like that, the priority of the bartender is to SERVE patrons. That's THEIR responsibility. It is the responsibility of the DOOR, to account for the legality of the patrons. How quickly do you think you would get a cocktail, if everyone who "bellied up" had to be I.D.'d?

If you painted ...more
Jul 3, 11 11:50 PM appended by Mr. Z
This looks more like a "publicity stunt", that these bartenders will be footing the bill for.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 2, 11 11:50 PM
/\ 11:50pm really knowing everything at this point huh.
By HSA (68), southampton on Jul 3, 11 6:27 AM
How many femtoseconds did it take for you to come up with that?
Jul 3, 11 6:41 PM appended by Mr. Z
Thought also crossed my mind, you could bust razza's very well liked comment too...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 3, 11 6:41 PM
As someone who was a bartender in the past, I couldn't agree more. It should be the bouncers responsibility...when you are working behind a packed bar it is impossible to if EVERYONE.
By ahhhndrea (25), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 10:41 AM
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Old enough to vote in a socialist, Old enough to get your head blown of in a giant litter box fighting radical extremists.Then your old enough to drink!
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 30, 11 9:46 PM
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Maybe we could amend the laws that those who serve, should be eligible to drink alcohol at 18, and leave it 21 for everyone else.

Would that suit, or cause one?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 2, 11 11:50 PM
as long as acohol is around you will never get rid of underage drinking. It is a shame, especially when they kill themselves and others.
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Jul 10, 11 11:47 AM