Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Five Carroll businesses sold tobacco to a minor Monday in a series of annual police compliance checks, according to police reports.

That is nearly half the number that failed the last round of checks in December 2010. A total of 17 town stores have a permit to sell tobacco, City Clerk Laura Schaefer said.

Store clerks who were cited Monday were:

— Nancy P. Dietrich, 37, of Carroll, at Walgreens, 105 E. Sixth St.

— Charanjit Kaur, 30, of Carroll, at Cork and Bottle, 1004 W. U.S. Highway 30.

— Donna J. Pemble, 49, of Carroll, at Casey’s General Store, 600 N. Walnut Street.

— Paige L. Geister, 18, of Carroll, at Hy-Vee Food Store, 905 W. U.S. Highway 30.

— Stacie A. Riesselman, 33, of Carroll, at Reiling’s 71 South, 112 N. U.S. Highway 71.

 Those who sell tobacco to a minor face fines of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.

All five of the stores that failed the Monday compliance checks also failed the December 2010 checks, according to the Daily Times Herald news archive.

A Reiling’s 71 South employee was also cited for selling tobacco to a minor in May 2011.

Stores that sell tobacco to a minor twice within two years face a choice of a $1,500 fine or a 30-day suspension of their tobacco permit, which is imposed by the Carroll City Council. Stores that sell three times in a three-year period face both sanctions.

Tobacco permits can be revoked if a business commits five violations within four years, Schaefer said.

Police Chief Jeff Cayler said his department offers training to local business to help them avoid selling tobacco to minors.

The state of Iowa also offers an online training program, Cayler said.