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Three convenience store clerks nabbed in underage-alcohol sting

Three Niagara County convenience store employees were arrested Saturday night for selling alcohol to minors following a joint sting operation by state authorities and Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.

During the “underage alcohol enforcement detail” from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and State Liquor Authority agents used “underage operatives” to check if 18 convenience stores would allow a minor to buy alcohol. Fifteen stores passed the test, but three failed.

Kapil Sharma, 26, of Niagara Falls; Kaur K. Sandhu-Harneet, 19, of Grand Island; and James D. Wilgosz, 34, of Niagara Falls, were charged with a first-degree misdemeanor of unlawfully dealing with a child and a misdemeanor charge of prohibited sales. Sharma works at Hyde Park Mini Mart on Hyde Park Boulevard, Sandhu-Harneet is an employee of Valero on Military Road in the Town of Niagara, and Wilgosz works at 7-Eleven on Plaza Drive in Wheatfield.

Sharma is due in Niagara Falls City Court on Feb. 15, Sandhu-Harneet is due in Town of Niagara Court on Feb. 18 and Wilgosz is due in Wheatfield Town Court on Feb. 16.