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Crime & Courts

Police: 6 Elmhurst businesses violate underage alcohol, tobacco sale laws

ELMHURST – Elmhurst police issued citations to six employees of Elmhurst businesses during the course of conducting compliance checks on Aug. 23 and 29 at 60 establishments selling liquor and roughly 30 establishments selling tobacco or alternative nicotine products.

Keshon Benford of Fitz's Spare Keys at 119 N. York St., Jill Golowach of Jewel-Osco at 944 S. York St., Carol Frederick of Manny's Ale House at 683 W. St. Charles Road and John Horn of The Club Shot & Beer at 113 N. Addison Ave. were cited with sale of alcohol to a minor, according to Elmhurst Police Department reports. Desiree De Paz Carlson of Doti Liquors at 104 E. Fullerton Ave. was cited with the sale of a tobacco product, and Tanya Tainter of Cignot Elmhurst at 100 S. York St., Suite 108, was cited with the sale of an alternative nicotine product, reports stated.

Elmhurst Deputy Police Chief Mike McLean said the Police Department conducts compliance test operations at "key times" throughout the year, and the August testing was planned to coincide with the start of the school year, as the violations are specific to the sale of products to minors, including college students who return to the area.

Elmhurst officers receive training from the Illinois Liquor Control Commission to ensure businesses aren't selling products that have the age restrictions, McLean said. Officers work with minors who are trained to perform the attempted purchase of liquor and tobacco using their authentic identification cards to see if the business ensures good business practices by carding young people, he said.

McLean said the Police Department is "overall pleased" that the vast majority of businesses were found to be in compliance and prevented underage sales during the course of the checks.

"But it's a reminder that all liquor and tobacco establishments need to request identification to prevent underage sales," he said.

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