4 Eugene stores halt sales of cheap malt liquors

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Four convenience stores have agreed to stop selling cheap malt liquor for 90 days to see whether it lessens drunken behavior and crime near a Eugene park.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports that store owners agreed to halt malt liquor sales Oct. 15 to respond to concerns from residents, police and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The malt liquor contains 8 percent alcohol, compared with 5 percent for most beers. The potency and cheap price make it a favorite of transients at Washington-Jefferson Park.

Eugene Police Sgt. Terry Fitzpatrick says he will examine crime statistics after the 90-day trial to see if the action had an effect.

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