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SV Police conduct checks on tobacco retailers

Three individuals cited for sale of tobacco to minors

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:07 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:09 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY — Following Spring Valley Police Department’s compliance checks on all tobacco retailers in the community, three retailers were found to be in violation of the law by selling tobacco to a minor on May 2.

The retailers included Spring Valley BP Amoco, Spring Valley Shell and Happy’s Super Service.

Pinalkuma N. Patel, 42, of Spring Valley; Sara Kitterman, 25, of Bureau and Jody M. Olsen, 33, of Spring Valley were all cited for the sale of tobacco to a minor. They were all released on a notice to appear.

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

The compliance checks are conducted with help from a grant awarded by the Illinois Liquor Control Commission’s “Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here” Tobacco Enforcement Program.

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