LOCKPORT – Seventeen of the nineteen Niagara County convenience stores checked Thursday by a multi-agency task force using underage operatives to try to buy alcoholic beverages passed but two clerks at two stores were charged, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour told The Buffalo News Friday.
Stephanie J. Demmin, 19, of Wilson, a clerk at T&R’s Store on Young Street in Wilson, and Melissa A. Schleef, 36, of Gasport, a clerk at Olear’s on Chestnut Ridge Road in Royalton, were both charged with unlawfully dealing with a child in the first-degree and prohibited sales, both misdemeanor counts, for alleged sales to underage operatives during the five hours of the checks from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, the sheriff said.
The operation was carried out by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and the State Liquor Authority. The sheriff lauded the seventeen establishments that turned down attempts by the underaged operatives enlisted for the operation.
Demmin is due in Wilson Town Court and Schleef is due in Royalton Town Court, both on Nov. 13 for their criminal cases.