The Madison County Sheriff’s Office arrested five people Monday at five separate business locations for selling alcohol to an underage minor. According to the sheriff’s office, the arrests began around 11 a.m. when an underage “confidential informant,” accompanied by an investigator, went into the Danielsville BP station on Hwy. 29 North and purchased a six pack of Bud Light with a marked $20 bill. Deputies then arrested the clerk, Tanya Renee Cromer, 38, P.O. Box 833, Danielsville, and charged her with selling alcohol to a minor.

Following that arrest, officers went to Royal Foods in Danielsville; Quick Pick on Hwy. 72 in Colbert; Tiny Town on Hwy. 72 in Carlton and to Diamond Hill Grocery on Hwy. 29 North. Arrests were made at each of these locations.

The clerks arrested after selling alcohol to the informant were: Mary Lowe Watkins, 125 Lanier Pruitt Road, Anderson, SC; Valerie Ann Teet, 1587 Holman Autry Road, Danielsville; Richard Vernon Miller, 706 Broad River Road, Carlton and Michael Daniel Nash, 206 Diamond Hill Neese Road, Colbert.

Deputies also arrested an 18 year old on Sunday, Jan. 31, after responding to a call about a camp fire close to a residence with what appeared to be underage drinking in progress. Jakob Darrin Dwayne Saxon, 18, 1330 Holman Autry Road, Danielsville, was arrested and charged with one count of underage possession of alcohol after deputy Josh Smith found him at the campfire with three open cans of alcohol.

Sheriff Kip Thomas said that he appreciates all the county businesses that follow the law on alcohol sales and added that his department will conduct random checks on businesses throughout the year.

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