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Bar Owned By SC Police Chief Cited For Selling Alcohol To Minors Under 21, SLED Says



A bar co-owned by the Lancaster, South Carolina police chief, another Lancaster police officer and two others was cited for allegedly serving alcohol to customers under 21 years old.

Lancaster Chief of Police Scott Grant co-owns L.A. Tap Room, along with Lt. Brenner Hartley (also of the Lancaster Police), Ace Blankenship and James Kenneth Blankenship Jr., the Lancaster News reported.

Earlier this week, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) investigated a complaint about alcohol being sold to minors at L.A. Taproom, SLED spokesperson Tommy Crosby told FITSNews.

On Feb. 1, co-owner James Kenneth Blankenship Jr. was issued a citation for serving alcohol to a person under 21.

SLED also issued an administrative violation to L.A. Tap Room for the offense of permitting an alcohol purchase by a person under 21 years old, Crosby told FITSNews.

Grant and his co-owners opened L.A. Tap Room on Main Street in December 2020, the Lancaster News reported.

When the owners announced the opening, Grant wrote on Facebook that there were “sideways comments” made in Lancaster about Grant and another police officer opening up a bar in town.

“I’ll just ask this, if this community and the people of Lancaster aren’t a worthwhile investment, what the hell is?” Grant wrote on Facebook. “We love this town. We have both bled for this town. We are this town.”

According to online court records, James Kenneth Blankenship Jr. was fined $470 for the violation. It was not immediately clear how much L.A. Taproom was fined.

FITSNews reached out to Grant for comment and did not hear back at the time of publication.

Grant was named chief of police in 2017.



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