Four cited in underage drinking case in Sac City

SAC CITY – Three teenagers were among four people charged in connection with an underage drinking investigation from earlier this month.

At 9:03 p.m. on March 1, the Sac City Police Department responded to a call about minors drinking alcohol at the Sac City Depot, according to a statement from Sac City Police Chief John Thomsen.

Thomsen said a 17-year-old man, who worked at the Sac City Depot, sold and served alcohol to the minors. One of the teenagers lied about his age in order to buy the alcohol, according to Thomsen.

Police also determined that the 17-year-old employee should not have been working in a position where he was able to sell alcohol.

The employee was cited with providing alcohol to a person under the legal age, a simple misdemeanor. Two other 17-year-olds, one from Sac City and one from Boone, were charged with minor in possession of alcohol. Their cases were sent to Sac County Juvenile Services for prosecution.

None of the 17-year-olds were identified by police.

Steve Goecke, 42, of Sac City, the manager of the Sac City Depot, was charged with employing a person under 18 years of age to sell or serve for on-premises consumption.

Thomsen said a report of the incident was sent to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, which may decide to “impose administrative sanctions on the license of the Sac City Depot.”