Police: Man provided alcohol before fatal snowmobile crash – Idaho Statesman

The owner of a snowmobile rental company faces criminal charges after Vermont State Police said he supplied alcohol to an underage employee who died in a snowmobile crash last winter.

Michael Lynds of Plymouth is charged with enabling consumption by a minor, causing death or serious injury.

Police said 20-year-old Stephen Titus of Reading died in March 2017 after he left his job at Snowmobile Vermont in Plymouth.

Police said Titus was under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his snowmobile. He was found dead the next morning.

Lynds, who’s 50, didn’t immediately return a message left at his home on Saturday. He’s due in court on Jan. 9.

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2 arrested in Kings Park underage alcohol sales, Suffolk cops say – Newsday

Two people were charged with selling alcohol to minors during a monthlong investigation, Suffolk County police said.

Authorities said they have arrested Thomas Watson, 22, of Northport, who worked at a Speedway at 152 E. Northport Rd. in Kings Park. Police said they also arrested an unnamed 16-year-old male who worked at a BP gas station at 94 Pulaski Rd. in Kings Park. Both were charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a minor.

Suffolk County police looked at nine businesses in the Fourth Precinct during their investigation, which took place between Oct. 20 and Nov. 17.

Of those inspected, seven were found to be in compliance. Those businesses were:

Shell gas station at 700 Commack Rd. in Commack. BP gas station at 621 Commack Rd., Commack. Citgo gas station at 100 Crooked Hill Rd., Commack. Speedway gas station at 2104 Jericho Tpke., Commack. Speedway gas station at 38 Indian Head Rd., Kings Park. Mobil gas station at 819 W. Jericho Tpke., Smithtown. BP gas station 1007 W. Jericho Tpke., Smithtown. Watson and the 16-year-old are scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on Jan. 2.

Khristopher J. Brooks is a Detroit native turned New Yorker who has covered the Town of North Hempstead since January 2017.

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Bay Area wine, spirits and beer events: Nov. 19 and beyond – The Mercury News

Holidays in Yountville: Stroll through this cozy wine country town, illuminated in thousands of twinkling holiday lights, as you explore shops, tasting rooms and restaurants. Activities include carriage rides through town, gourmet food and wine walking tours, holiday cocktail classes and more. Nov. 20-Dec. 31. https://yountville.com.

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour: Five world-class chefs, including Carmel Valley Ranch’s Tim Wood will come together to create a multi-course meal with wine pairings for an experience similiar to those at the historic James Beard House in New York City. 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner Dec. 2, Carmel Valley Ranch, Golf Clubhouse, 1 Old Ranch Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea. $200. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/2zvyl3h.

Taste of the Mountains Menlo Park: Enjoy wines from small, local boutiques wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains poured in various designated tasting stations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Tickets are $49 ($55 at event) and include wristband, glass and map of tasting locations. 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 2. http://scmwa.com/event/taste-of-the-mountains.

Grand Italian Wine and Food Tasting: Sample more than 100 wines from Italy, plus prosciutto, cheeses, housemade sausage, porchetta, grilled wild prawns and more. 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2, Donato Enoteca, 1041 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. $60. www.donatoenoteca.com.

Rise Up Sonoma: Sonoma County wineries, chefs, and muscians are coming together for a one-of-a-kind event to benefit those affected by the Sonoma County fires. General admission includes access to 30 dining and wine stations with featured chefs, and seating for the evening concert. VIP access also includes a Green Room experience with special music talent, a caviar and foie gras station and an assortment of wines, and premiere seating for the evening concert. 4-9 p.m. Dec. 3. Sonoma Country Day School, Jackson Theatre, 4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa. $500-$1500. Tickets: http://bit.ly/2yNAwA7.

Saratoga Holiday Wine Stroll: Sip and stroll through Saratoga Village as you enjoy wines from

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Wells Fargo Analyst Sees Beverage Alcohol In Coca-Cola's Future – Forbes

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Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey has not ruled out the company getting into the alcohol industry.

Quincey dropped that mini bombshell to CNBC’s Squawk on the Street headquartered on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. His comment was in response to Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog’s brief speculation concerning Coca-Cola’s potential future growth.

Quincey said philosophically he believes in a never-say-never approach . But he also said Coca-Cola is so strong it makes little sense for the company to jump into alcohol right now, elaborating that it makes more sense to stay within a company’s capabilities, not to mention its corporate culture and systems. 

Perhaps Quincey is knowledgeable about the last time Coca-Cola made a major foray into the wine business, a move that started out strong but lasted only about five years. 

The move took place in the late 1970s, following the now famous 1976 Paris wine tasting that pitted France against Calfornia.  Thanks to new interest in American wine from Baby Boomers, it was a period of massive wine industry growth, and many large companies wanted in. By the time Coca-Cola decided to get in the game the venerable California wine companies had already been taken. 

After buying up Sterling and Monterey Vineyards, Coca-Cola settled on taking over New York’s Taylor Wine Company in 1977/78 and creating a group called The Wine Spectrum. It was a good move. Taylor had reached about sixth in domestic wine production and it had built an innovative and highly efficient national distribution system. Under Coca-Cola, the newly established Taylor California Cellars went from zero to 8 million cases in about three years. 

Alas, in short order the powerful soft drink company learned that the combination of agriculture, energetic competition and fickle consumerism made forecasting the

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Paterson: Joey Torres' demise stemmed from a beer business that never opened – NorthJersey.com

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Courtroom video of former Paterson mayor Torres being sentenced by a judge to five years in state prison. NBC New York/Pool

Warehouse near the corner of East 15th Street and 5th Avenue in Paterson.(Photo: Michael Karas/Northjersey.com)

PATERSON – A locked metal fence blocks the driveway leading to the Paterson warehouse that was going to be part of a business called Quality Beer.

A “For Rent” sign proclaims the availability of the building, which sits in a shopping plaza in the city’s Riverside section. From the looks of things around the loading dock, the warehouse wasn’t been put to use any time recently.

This was the scene of Jose “Joey” Torres’ downfall, a beer warehouse that never opened for business, a venture that the then-mayor’s family abandoned even before state authorities convened a grand jury in the corruption case that eventually put him in prison.

In a letter asking a judge for leniency for the convicted mayor, Torres’ nephew talked about the obstacles that undermined the beer warehouse – delays in getting a federal liquor business permit and the expiration of a one-year discount on the lease for the site.

“With the rent increasing, it would not have been feasible to continue waiting for a license,” wrote the nephew, Manuel Torres. “The business would have been insolvent the day it opened.”

In the aftermath of Torres’ prison sentencing  last week, state court officials released 55 pages of documents to Paterson Press, including 12 letters written in support of the former mayor. Some of the records reveal new details about the case in which Torres admitted directing three city workers – Joe Mania, Timothy Hanlon and Imad “Eddie” Mowaswes – to do renovations on the warehouse

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