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Three cited in St. Charles tobacco compliance check

Published: Thursday, May 22, 2014 9:02 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Three sales clerks Monday were cited during the latest round of tobacco compliance checks, according to St. Charles police Thursday in a news release.

A total of 36 businesses licensed to sell tobacco products were inspected, according to the release.

Those cited for unlawful sale of tobacco to a minor were Carlos E. Villagomez at BP Gas Station, 1505 Lincoln Highway; Lady Elizabeth Jimenez-Perez at BP Gas Station, 1660 W. Main St.; and Scott L. O’Brien at 7-Eleven, 1705 W. Main St., the release stated.

Each clerk was issued a notice to appear in Kane County Branch Court on June 19, according to the release.

Monday's inspection was the last of three inspections scheduled during the 2013-14 tobacco grant period. The checks are conducted in partnership with the Illinois Liquor Commission, thanks to a fiscal year 2013-14 financial grant, the release stated.

St. Charles police have received the grant and conducted inspections every year since its inception in 2004. The ultimate goal in conducting the inspections is to reinforce compliance and educate tobacco retailers, according to the release. As part of the grant, the state Liquor Commission each year provides tobacco retailers with educational materials.

During inspections, officers also ensure that retailers have posted required signage regarding State Tobacco Laws.

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