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90-year-old 'bootlegger' fined in Ark. town

BEEBE, Ark. (AP) - Beebe police hope a recent case against a 90-year-old "bootlegger" will send the message that selling alcohol without a license, especially to minors, won't be tolerated in their town.

Police began an investigation after getting complaints from parents that a local man was selling liquor to their children. Parents claimed that 15- and 16-year-olds were buying beer, whiskey and gin from the man from his home.

Beebe is in White County, where alcohol sales are illegal except in private clubs by the drink.

Police Chief Wayne Ballew said he had a confidential informant buy alcohol from the man on three occasions. After getting a warrant, police searched the home of I.V.C. Cowan in July and found incriminating evidence that included 103 cans of beer, five half-pints of Seagrams gin, one half-pint of Hiram Walker Apricot brandy, three half-pints of Seagrams 7 and one pint of Seagrams 7. Cowan was found guilty the following month of selling liquor without a license and was fined $500. The police chief says the town hasn't had a problem with Cowan since.

Laws concerning over-possession of alcohol have been repealed. But current law makes it illegal to sell liquor without a license or to sell or give alcohol to anyone under the age of 21.            

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