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OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PARTNERED WITH IOWA

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DIVISION FOR TOBACCO, ALTERNATIVE

NICOTINE AND VAPOR PRODUCT EDUCATION AND ENFORCEMENT

 

Osceola County, Iowa (February 25th, 2020) – The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office has taken a pledge again to keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Osceola County youth.

 

Known as I-PLEDGE, the program is a partnership with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) to educate local retailers and to enforce Iowa’s tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product laws. Since the program’s inception in 2000, the statewide tobacco compliance rate has grown to 91%. By participating in the program, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office committed to do its part.  The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office conducted compliance checks at local establishments throughout Osceola County as part of the I-PLEDGE program.  All ten establishments successfully passed this year’s compliance checks.

 

I-PLEDGE places emphasis on retailer training. Clerks who successfully complete an online training course and then pass an exam will become I-PLEDGE certified. This allows a retail establishment to use an affirmative defense against a civil penalty if the certified clerk makes an illegal sale.

 

I-PLEDGE’s retailer training is a great way for clerks to prepare themselves to refuse illegal tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor product sales. The training also assists retailers to ensure they maintain a compliant and responsible establishment.

 

Underage customers, under the supervision of law enforcement officials, enter establishments and attempt to buy tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products. Clerks who make the illegal sale are cited on the spot.

 

Criminal penalties for selling tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products to a minor include a $100 fine for a first offense, a $250 fine for a second offense and a $500 fine for third and subsequent offenses. However, handing out citations is not the intent of the I-PLEDGE program.

By partnering with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, we hope to educate clerks and maintain a compliant retail environment in our community. Moreover, we pledge to help keep tobacco, alternative nicotine and vapor products out of the hands of Iowa’s youth.

 

To take the I-PLEDGE training or search certification records go to https://abd.iowa.gov/.

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February 11, 2020, Margaret Mae Jakobson, age 30, of Maurice, IA Re: Case# AGCR006619 was found guilty of the crimes of Driving While Barred as a Habitual Violator, and Possession of Methamphetamine, Second Offense, both Aggravated Misdemeanors committed on May 25, 2019. The Defendant is to pay a fine of $940.00, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $329, all court costs, and restitution of any court appointed attorney's fees. On each count the Defendant is sentenced to one-hundred eighty (180) days with all time suspended except for fifteen (15) days.  Re: Case# AGCR006698 the Defendant was found guilty of the crime of Theft in the Fourth Degree, a Serious Misdemeanor committed on November 15, 2019.The Defendant shall pay a fine of $315, a thirty-five percent (35) surcharge of $110.25, restitution of court appointed attorney's fees, and an additional Law Enforcement Initiative Surcharge in the amount of $125.00.  However, the fine and 35% surcharge shall be suspended.  The Defendant is sentenced to imprisonment in the Osceola County Jail for sixty (60) days with all time suspended except for ten (10) days.  This sentence shall be imposed consecutively to the sentence imposed in Osceola Co Criminal No. AGCR006619.  The Defendant shall be placed on formal probation to the Iowa Department of Corrections for a period of two (2) years.

February 11, 2020, an Osceola County Deputy arrested Edgar Everardo Ramos Lopez, age 21, of Sioux Center, IA for allegedly Driving While License Under Suspension and Providing False Identification Information, a Simple Misdemeanor.  Ramos Lopez was transported and booked into the Osceola County Jail and later released after posting a $600 bond.  The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop at A22/170th St and L40/Pierce Ave after receiving a report of a reckless driver on Hwy 60.

February 11, 2020 just before 3:00am, an observant Osceola County Deputy discovered a machine shed on fire on Walnut Ave north of Harris while out on patrol.  When the deputy arrived the machine shed was fully engulfed and partially collapsed.  The Harris Fire Department responded to the scene to put out the fire.   The Sibley Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

February 10, 2020, Seth Michael Jurrens, age 38, of Little Rock, IA was found guilty of the crime of Operating While Intoxicated, Second Offense, committed on December 14, 2019.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $1,875, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $656.25, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees. An additional drug abuse resistance surcharge of $10 is also assessed.  The Defendant is sentenced to ninety (90) days in the Osceola County Jail with all time but seven (7) days suspended during a one (1) year informal probation to the Sheriff.  The Defendant shall receive credit for time already served.

February 10, 2020, Jose Pinedo Curiel, age 26, of Sioux City, IA was found guilty of the crime of Operating While Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, First Offense, committed on September 22, 2017.  The Defendant is to pay a fine of $1,250, a thirty-five percent (35%) surcharge of $437.50, the costs of this action, and restitution of any court appointed attorney fees.  An additional drug abuse resistance surcharge of $10 is also assessed.  The Defendant is sentenced to sixty (60) days in the Osceola County Jail with all time suspended except for two (2) days during a one (1) year informal probation to the Sheriff.  The Defendant shall receive credit for time already served.

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