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Six cited in St. Charles tobacco compliance check

ST. CHARLES – Six businesses were cited in February during the latest round of tobacco compliance checks, according to a news release issued by the St. Charles Police Department.

The compliance inspections took place Feb. 26, and 33 businesses were inspected, according to the release.

Those cited for unlawful sale of tobacco to a minor include BP Gas Station, 1745 E. Main St.; Jewel-Osco, 652 N. Kirk Road; La Vita Cigars, 2015 Dean St.; Lundeen’s Liquors, 1315 W. Main St.; St. Charles Citgo, 307 W. Main St.; and St. Charles Mini-Mart, 710 S. Third St., according to police.

The inspections were conducted using two 17-year-old confidential sources, one male and one female. A total of 36 local businesses initially were scheduled for inspection, but one was closed for the season, and two had ceased operations, the release said.

The Feb. 26 inspection is the second of three inspections to be conducted during the 2013-14 tobacco grant period. The third-round inspection will be conducted before the end of May.

A total of 66 inspections have been completed for this grant period to date, resulting in 10 unlawful sales of tobacco to a minor.

This means there is an 85 percent compliance rate for the grant period, compared to a 96 percent compliance rate for the same period last year, according to the release.

Each business cited Feb. 26 was issued a notice to appear in Kane County Branch Court on March 27, the release said.

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