EAST PALESTINE — A Pennsylvania man was stopped in connection with violating Gov. Mike DeWine’s order prohibiting out-of-state residents from purchasing alcohol in Ohio.
Lt. Don Johnson was on patrol Thursday afternoon when he saw a young man coming out of the liquor store in town with a box of what appeared to be liquor and then put the box inside a truck with Pennsylvania license plates. Earlier this week, DeWine issued an order prohibiting the sale of liquor to anyone without an Ohio driver’s license in six counties bordering Pennsylvania, including Columbiana County.
This was done to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus after there were reports of people from Pennsylvania flocking to Ohio liquor stores in bordering communities. This was after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf closed state liquor stores on March 16 as part a statewide shutdown to prevent the virus from spreading there.
Johnson pulled the truck over on Washington Street and identified the driver as Mitchell A. Faller, 20, of Beaver Falls. Pa. He also found eight bottles of alcohol valued at $170 in the box. The brands included were Absolute, Tito’s and Platinum (all vodka) and Captain Morgan (rum). Faller produced a valid Pennsylvania license but also used a fictitious Ohio license to purchase the alcohol.
The liquor was confiscated, and Faller was charged with underage offenses involving possession of liquor. Other charges could also result.
— Tom Giambroni
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