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Two arrested in Spring Valley during compliance checks

SPRING VALLEY — On May 17, seven tobacco retailers were inspected for the third of three rounds of compliance checks to be conducted on all tobacco retailers within the community of Spring Valley.

Two tobacco retailers were found to be in violation of the law by selling tobacco to a minor. The employees of the following businesses were arrested and charged with unlawful sale of tobacco to a minor — Zachary M. Kwiatek, 24, of Spring Valley, who is an employee of Valley News and Crystal L. Krogulski, 35, of Spring Valley, who is an employee of Spring Valley Shell.

Both were released on a notice to appear in court.

The compliance checks are performed to determine if local tobacco retailers are complying with state minimum-age tobacco laws which prohibit the sale of tobacco to persons under the age 18.

With help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program, Spring Valley educates local tobacco retailers on minimum-age tobacco laws and the importance of verifying the age of customers before selling age-restrictive products such as tobacco.


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