Police bust underage drinkers in town
An anonymous tip led to numerous arrests following the break-up of an underage drinking party in the Town of Granville Friday night, police said.
Sheriff’s Deputies said as many as 60 people were present in a structure resembling a large garage located off of Route 22 on property belonging to Mark Bardin.
The building, approximately 30 feet by 40 feet, housed a skateboarding half pipe, police said.
The large outbuilding was not located adjacent to the house but down the driveway.
Bardin told police he was not aware the party was taking place when informed what police had found.
The long driveway leading to the building was filled with cars, and sheriff’s deputy David Buxton said it was the largest underage drinking party he had ever been a part of disrupting.
“There were just wall-to-wall kids in there,” Buxton said.
An anonymous call to police dispatch alerted police to the party starting some time after 10:30 p.m. and officers arrived at the scene at 11 p.m. Police said they believed they had arrived at the start of the party because those found to be under the influence of alcohol registered low blood alcohol levels.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday the arrest of Christopher Rozell, 21, and Donald Griffin, 23, both of Granville, and Matt Zagorski and Kyle Washburn, both 22 and from Hudson Falls.
The four were charged with one count each of the Class A misdemeanor unlawfully dealing with a child, after police interrupted the beginnings of a party with about 60 people present, most of them underage.
Police said the four were not charged with providing the alcohol, because none would admit to having purchased the canned beer, but were charged because they were the only individuals present old enough to legally possess alcohol and they allowed minors to consume that alcohol.
At least one additional arrest is expected to take place resulting from the party, police said, but the property owner is not expected to be charged.
Arrested for underage possession of alcohol were 11 people ranging in age from 16 to 20 years of age.
From Glens Falls, James Warrington, 20, Cedrick French, 19, Evan Pasco, 17; from Queensbury, Paolo Licari, 18, and Justin Lemery, 20; from West Fort Ann, Lincoln Lynch, 18; from Fort Ann, Lawrence Washburn, 17; from Hampton, Chris Fosmer, 19; from West Pawlet, Vt., Theresa Kurjiaka, 20; from Hudson Falls 19-year-old Amanda Donaldson and a 16-year-old from Granville. Underage possession of alcohol is a violation.
Arrested for underage possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana was 18-year-old Alicia Center of Fort Ann. Those arrested were issued appearance tickets for Granville town court.
Most were evaluated for alcohol use before being released, police said. The majority of those evaluated showed no signs of consuming alcohol, police said. Washington County Sheriff’s Deputies Buxton, Jim Banish, Tim Carroll and Travis Earl handled the case along with assistance from the New York State Police.