5 Charged in Sale of Alcohol to Minors

Suffolk police test 14 stores, stations around the town.

Five people were arrested on charges of selling alcohol to minors at several businesses around the Town of Huntington Friday.

The Suffolk County Second Precinct Crime Section conducted an underage alcohol sting operation of nine businesses and five were found to be in violation.

A volunteer, acting on behalf of the police department and younger than 21 years old, entered 14 businesses with the intent to purchase alcohol. Some the stores were chosen in response to community complaints while others were randomly selected.

Police said the following businesses failed inspection and each store representative was charged with first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child after selling alcohol to a minor:

  • Kathleen Kress, 54, East Northport Beverage Company, 308 Larkfield Road, East Northport
  •  Hipolito Estevez, 53, Papa Ningo Deli, 1888 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  • Sergio Omar Hernandez, 24, Los Compas Deli and Grocery, 161 Depot Road, Huntington Station
  •  Kenneth Babi, 48, West Hills Wines & Liquors, 1720 New York Ave., Huntington Station
  •  Andrew Lastuvka, 26, Arizona Bar and Grill, 6106 Route 25, Commack

Four were issued a field appearance ticket and scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on June 4. Hernandez was held for arraignment Saturday.

The following nine establishments refused the sale of alcohol to a minor:

  •        Brothers Deli, 243 Broadway, Greenlawn
  •        Broadway Bagelry, 223 Broadway, Greenlawn
  •        Superstar Beer and Soda, 516 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        One Stop Market, 246 Pulaski Road, East Northport
  •        Huntington Gas, 341 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        24/7, 10 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station
  •        Valero Gas, 445 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        Instant Replay, 282 Route 25, Huntington Station
  •        BP Gas, 272 Route 25, Huntington Station
Hikerr April 06, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Wasn't Ken Babi one of the guy's who complained there where too many liquor stores in Huntington Station? Now we should have one less.
vrviper April 07, 2013 at 10:46 AM
It's unfortunate that we have to "sting" businesses for improprieties of the law, but also necessary. Comments like "Hikerr" are unnecessary. Mr. Babi probably has done more good for his community than "Hikerr" can ever do as a person. As a veteran of this country I can tell you this is that Ken is a good and decent guy who just got caught on a bad day. Remember all of you who he has treated kindly.
Harrison April 07, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Ken babi is the dad of one of my best friends Joe babi and he didn't get arrested in fact we went to a car show with him today and his side of the story was " I saw a a lot of suspicious people in there and there was a big line and I was trying to close up so it was hard to concentrate and I always check for an ID every time but the one time I don't I get into trouble with the police..."
majortom1981 April 08, 2013 at 02:42 PM
The law states you have to check everytime. There are no excuses for not following the law.
FLOR ROJAS April 08, 2013 at 04:58 PM
FIR 1973 Entrapment of decent hard working people is what the law is doing. That is outrageous! Ken Babi is a law abidding citizen who helps his community personally and professionally. West Hills Wines And Liquors is been in that famity for about 40 years, Selling to minors or any other criminal acts are not in their MO.


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