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POLICE DECOYS FINDING STORES IN COMPLIANCE ONLY 3 OF 26 SHOPS ARE CITED IN SWEEPS

Underage decoys were turned away at all but three of 26 businesses in the latest sweeps by Cheektowaga police to enforce the minimum age of 21 to buy alcoholic beverages.

"We're finding more businesses are tightening up, and asking the right questions," Lt. M. James Starr, head of the vice, narcotics and tactical squad, said Tuesday.

Police charged two persons Monday evening and one on Saturday with underage sale of alcoholic beverages.

An 18-year-old male made the purchase Saturday and attempted purchases at 14 other businesses, Starr said. Another 18-year-old male was used Monday evening, he said.

No attempt was made Saturday or Monday to test for compliance with the minimum age of 18 to buy tobacco products, he said.

Cheektowaga police last month charged clerks at six French Road stores with selling cigarettes to a 17-year-old, and a clerk was charged with sale of beer to a minor.

Town police, the Youth Bureau and the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce have been sponsoring a series of training sessions on the age requirements for the benefit of businessmen and sales clerks. More than 30 persons attended the third session Thursday.

Michael Pappagallo, 28, of 150 Barnsdale Ave., West Seneca, is scheduled to appear in Sloan Village Court Dec. 19 on a charge stemming from an alleged sale Saturday in Pappy's Island Pub, 1320 Lovejoy St., Sloan.

Thomas R. Moleski, 31, of 80 Colfax Ave., Buffalo, was charged with a sale in the Oz Lounge, 397 Cleveland Drive. James DiBartolo, 24, of 14 Beryl Drive, was charged with a sale at Betty's Superette at that address. Both are scheduled to appear Monday in Town Court.

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