Police bust underage drinking party in Wells, Vt.

P olice busted up an underage drinking party just across the state border in Wells, Vt., in the late evening hours of Jan. 8 with numerous citations issued to youths from Granville.

At least 25 people, all under the age of 21, were found in a barn behind a home at 48 E. Wells Road as police responded to a report of an underage drinking party at 11:11 p.m.

Police did not release the names of the teens who were cited.

The Vermont State Police, along with officers from Castleton and Fair Haven, found teens as young as 16 and others as old as 20 at the party.

Officers arrived to find the driveway of the residence filled with more than a dozen vehicles and could hear loud noise coming from a barn behind the residence after exiting their vehicles.

Police reported issuing numerous citations for underage drinking; it was not immediatley clear how many youths were cited. The teens issued citations will be entered into the Rutland County Diversion Board’s Teen Alcohol Safety Program (TASP).

Parents of teens 17 and under were called to the scene to pick up their children who were released into their custody.    

According to Vermont State Trooper Steven Gelder, Greg Gould, 20, of Wells, told police he lived at the residence and hosted the party. He was charged with possession of marijuana after admitting to being is possession of a small amount of the drug.

Speaking with Gould at the scene a trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from him, police said. Gould was ordered to appear in Rutland (Vt.) District Court at a later date to answer the charge.

Gould told police his parents were in the residence asleep and unaware of the party taking place.

Police found no one at the site of age to legally possess or consume alcohol. Students from Wells, West Pawlet, Vt., and Poultney, Vt., can attend Granville High School and Granville students were reported among those cited.

Fair Haven Police Chief Bill Humphries said the names of minors in possession of alcohol are not released by Vermont authorities if the incident is not a criminal offense. Humphries said the youths were issued civil citations and letters directing them to contact the TASP board within 15 days.

“If they comply with the diversion program the civil violations are vacated. If they fail to comply with program the violation gets sent to court and they face a $300 fine and possible civil conviction,” Humphries said.

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