The Iowa City Police Department conducted alcohol sales law compliance checks on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 33 businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Working with plainclothes officers, underage persons entered these businesses and attempted to illegally purchase alcoholic beverages. Twenty-four businesses refused to sell alcohol to the underage buyers.

The businesses that passed the compliance checks were:

  • DeliMart – 206 E. Benton St. 
  • Tobacco Outlet – 923 S. Riverside Drive 
  • Kum & Go – 955 Mormon Trek Blvd. 
  • DeliMart – 2510 Mormon Trek Blvd. 
  • Fast Break – 2580 Naples Ave. 
  • Hawkeye Liquor & Tobacco – 601 Hollywood Blvd. 
  • Casey’s – 1410 Willow Creek Drive 
  • Kwik Star – 1907 Keokuk St. 
  • DeliMart – 525 Hwy 1 West 
  • Southside Liquor & Tobacco – 1921 Keokuk St. 
  • Kum & Go – 731 S Riverside Drive 
  • Coaches Corner – 749 Mormon Trek Blvd. 
  • Casey’s – 370 Scott Court 
  • North Dodge Express – 2790 Dodge St. 
  • BP – 1920 Lower Muscatine Road 
  • Amoco – 2153 ACT Circle 
  • John’s Grocery – 401 E. Market St. 
  • Bo James – 118 E. Washington St. 
  • Summit Restaurant and Bar – 10 S. Clinton St. 
  • The Airliner – 22 S. Clinton St. 
  • Dublin Underground – 5 S. Dubuque St. 
  • Sports Column – 12 S. Dubuque St. 
  • Deadwood Tavern – 6 S. Dubuque St. 
  • Fieldhouse Bar – 118 S. Dubuque St. 

 

Nine businesses checked by police sold to the underage buyers. The businesses that failed the compliance checks were:

  • Kirkwood Liquor & Tobacco – 300 Kirkwood Ave. 
  • Casey’s – 1904 Broadway St. 
  • Hawkeye Convenience – 2875 Commerce Drive 
  • Urban Fuel Express – 2580 Moss Ridge Road 
  • Shakespeare’s – 819 First Ave. 
  • Creekside Market – 2601 Hwy 6 East 
  • El Ray’s Live & Dive – 211 E. Iowa Ave. 
  • DC’s Bar – 124 S. Dubuque St. 
  • TCB – 114 E. College St. 

 

The employees who sold the alcohol to the underage buyers were each charged with, “Selling Alcohol to Persons Under Age 21.” Selling alcohol to persons under 21 years of age is a simple misdemeanor, punishable with a $645 fine for the first offense. Additionally, all violations will be forwarded to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division for possible civil penalties against the liquor license.

As with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Date of publication

Monday, December 13, 2021

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