One tobacco retailer in FL fails compliance check

23 retailers pass city police checks during spot inspection March 5

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Twenty-three retailers that sell tobacco products in the city of Forest Lake have passed a routine compliance check carried out by the Forest Lake Police Department this month.

Forest Lake Police Capt. Greg Weiss said one retailer failed the compliance check carried out on Monday, March 5.

Of the 24 tobacco retailers checked, the only failure was a Karl’s Korner BP, 1107 Highway 97. A clerk at the store failed to check the age of an underage person who was working the detail with Forest Lake officers and was sold tobacco products, Weiss said.

The clerk was cited with a misdemeanor ticket for the sale of tobacco to a minor, Weiss said.

Under city policy, the police department carries out two tobacco compliance checks during the course of a year.

The same policy is also in place for city businesses that sell liquor products, both on-sale and off-sale establishments.

No date has been made public for the next liquor compliance check but retailers who sell liquor in Forest Lake could be subject to a spot check at any time this spring.

Area Man Killed

A Wyoming man was killed Saturday night when his all-terrain vehicle rolled over in St. Louis County.

According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, Steven M. Buboltz, 56, of Wyoming, died at the scene near Pequaywan Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Duluth.

Buboltz also has a home in Apple Valley and owns a business in Savage.

The sheriff’s office said Buboltz was driving his ATV on a road in Pequaywan Township around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday when it rolled over.

The man died at the scene of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.