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Two Marion businesses accused of selling alcohol to underage shoppers

A Marion Police squad car (Credit: City of Marion)
A Marion Police squad car (Credit: City of Marion)

Two Marion businesses face hefty fines after being accused of selling alcohol to underage customers last week.

According to the Marion Police Department, officers conducted alcohol compliance checks on 18 businesses last Tuesday using two volunteers, ages 19 and 20.

The underage volunteers were sent into the 18 establishments to buy alcohol. Police said two of the businesses — the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center and The Edison Restaurant and Pub — sold alcohol to the underage shoppers, even after checking their IDs.

Under Iowa law, selling alcohol to an underage buyer is a simple misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $645 plus court costs, the police department said.

Sixteen businesses were found in compliance or were not selling alcohol at the time of the checks, police said. Those businesses are: Napoli’s, Carlos O Kelly’s Mexican Cafe, Villa’s Patio Mexican Restaurant, Naso’s, Pitcher’s, Cocktails and Company, Q Dogs BBQ, Tomaso’s, Ramsey’s Metro Market, Urban Pie, Goldfinch Tap and Eatery, Wrigleyville, Big Shots Bar and Grill, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, Zio Johno’s and Uptown Snug.

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