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LOCKPORT – Five stores in Niagara County were charged during the first half of the year with selling tobacco to minors, the county Health Department announced Wednesday.

Fines totaling $4,850 were imposed on the five, which were caught during 163 undercover compliance checks conducted under Sheriff’s Office guidance by 16- and 17-year-old during the first six months of the year.

The Quality Hotel and Suites on First Street in Niagara Falls was flagged for its fourth violation of the underage sale rule. The CVS store on Center Street in Lewiston was a second-time offender.

First-time violators were Crosby’s on Rochester Road in Gasport; the 7-Eleven store at South Transit and West High streets in Lockport; and John’s Corner Stop on Niagara Avenue in the Falls.