Ohio store clerk on trial in underage drinking

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former liquor store clerk is standing trial in northwest Ohio for selling vodka to a 17-year-old boy whose friend died later that day in a drunken driving crash.

On Monday, Blake Pappas testified in court in Toledo that the clerk at Foxx Liquor didn't ask for an ID before selling him a bottle of vodka for $53 on Feb. 1, 2013.

Later that day, one of his friends, 18-year-old Brian Hoeflinger, died in a crash after drinking the liquor at a friend's birthday party and then driving.

The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/1n8vxgn ) reports the judge ordered that the jury cannot be told about the fatal crash. The panel must decide only if the liquor was sold to the boy illegally.

The former clerk, 38-year-old Nicholas Thompson, denies the misdemeanor charge.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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