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Gee's Market Charged With Selling Alcohol To Minor; A No Show At Hearing

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  • Gee's Market, 3583 Warder Street, NW
  • Attorney General Mike Stern sits before ABC Board. The table next to him is empty of representation when Gee's Market case is called.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- No one showed up on behalf of Gee's Market for a status hearing Wednesday morning, February 29, 2012. 

According to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), Gee's Market has been charged with two offenses:

  1. Selling alcohol to Minor
  2. Failing to take steps necessary to ascertain the legal drinking age.

Gee's Market sits at an intersection on 3583 Warder St., NW. The store is caddy-corner to Parkview Recreation Center on Otis Place, NW, in the Park View neighborhood by Petworth. 

The seven-member ABC Control Board spoke with Attorney General, Mike Stern, who represented the District in the case for this hearing. Gee's Market was the fourth case listed for Wednesday's scheduled public hearings.

Stern served as a substitute Attorney General for the case. Maurine Zaniels is the assigned Attorney General for Gee's Market.

"The Attorney General Ms. Zaniels has not spoken with the licensee and we do not know about their whereabouts," Stern said before Ruthanne Miller, Chairperson of the ABC Board.

Miller clarified and confirmed with Stern that the licensee of Gee's Market has not contacted ABRA.

The ABC Board will hear this case again on its trial date set for April 11, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

After the hearing, 9NEWS NOW visited Warder Street, NW. Gee's Market received visitors. 9NEWS NOW witnessed one male entering and exiting the store.

Minutes later, another male walked to the store's entrance. He waved at the store's window. Then, seconds later, the door opened for him to enter.

Written/Reported by: Elizabeth Jia

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