Busted

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.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Weekender – 09/04/15

North Country Freepress – 09/04/15

Northshire Freepress – 09/04/15

Lakes Region Freepress – 09/04/15

Classifieds 09/02/15

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

Friendships formed at fair live on

1

By Christina Scanlon Shortly after the gates opened at the Washington County Fair Friday morning, tractors were moving and stirring […]

First Friday this Friday

This month’s First Friday event, hosted by The Slate Valley Museum and Pember Museum and Library will features an unveiling […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]