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Four face alcohol charges after underage party

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RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents charged four people following an investigation of a Castle Hayne house party Sept. 22 where two people were stabbed. Charges were filed during the past two weeks and included multiple counts of aiding and abetting an underage person in the consumption of alcohol. Two of the four arrested were charged with selling alcohol without a license.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office called for ALE assistance at the 5500 block of Sidbury Road in Castle Hayne at 1 a.m., Sept. 22. ALE special agents Dean Saunders and Rebecca Best arrived on the scene as a New Hanover Sheriff’s detective was issuing citations to 16 people for underage consumption.

Stabbing victims Daniel Witherspoon, 21, and John "J.C." Cheatham, Jr., 24, were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment and later released.

Eyewitnesses said 150 to 200 people were attending the party that was held in an abandoned house. Ages of the attendees ranged from 16 to 55 years old. Cups of beer were selling for $3 a piece. Several kegs of beer were seized for evidence.

“This case is a reminder that violent crime is fueled by illegal drug use,” said Ben David, district attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties. “Alcohol abuse by our young people continues to produce all types of tragedy from violent and sexual assaults to traffic fatalities. Where adults are responsible for providing alcohol to minors, they will be held fully accountable under the law.”

Special ALE Agent in Charge Bill Berryhill of the Wilmington ALE Office said, “We take allegations of adults serving alcohol to minors very seriously and we appreciate the work of the district attorney’s office with the prosecution of these cases.”

The following individuals were charged:

Christopher Dale Gardner, 18, of 3324 NC Highway 133, Rocky Point, was charged with 16 counts of aiding and abetting an underage person.*
Christopher Joseph Craven, 19, of 552 Beaver Ridge Drive, Riegelwood, was charged with 16 counts of aiding and abetting an underage person, and one count of selling alcohol without first obtaining the applicable ABC permit and revenue licenses.**
Barbara Jean Thompson, 34, of 245 Timber Trail Road, Rocky Point, was charged with 16 counts of aiding and abetting an underage person, and one count of selling alcohol without first obtaining the applicable ABC permit and revenue licenses.**
Barbara Dawn McCoy, 39, of 800 NC Highway 133, Lot 7, Rocky Point was charged with 16 counts of aiding and abetting an underage person, and one count of selling alcohol without first obtaining the applicable ABC permit and revenue licenses.**

Additional arrests and charges may occur in the future.
* Aid & Abet by an Underage-Any person who is under the lawful age to purchase and who aids or abets another in the consumption of any alcoholic beverage-GS 18B-302(c)(1) Class 2 misdemeanor.
**GS 18B-304(a) a Class 1 misdemeanor.

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This is just.... Funny

This is just "outright" FUNNY..
Ben David: This case is a reminder that violent crime is fueled by illegal drug use

Mr. Ben David,with ALL due respect; So lets get this right, quoting YOU... Alcohol, is NOW a A ILLEGAL DRUG?
While in this case it is ILLEGAL to serve "MINORS" AKA people under the age of 21, Alcohol, in this case is ILLEAGAL Drug? Is this what WE are to think? KEGS likley purchased LEGALLY in a Beverage store that is TAXED BY the NC. .GOV?

By all means it seems things got "outta-hand", by a couple red-neck(s) intent on settling differences in thier Alcohol addled Minds that WERE of Legal AGE.

“Alcohol abuse by our young people continues to produce all types of tragedy from violent and sexual assaults to traffic fatalities., I've No problem with this comment, which is true to a Great extent.. Though the comment borders to the same extent of "Reefer Madness". YET; Alcohol continues to be "LEGAL"...
Though;I AGREE, it should be kepted out of hands of MINORS.

On the other hand, WHAT IF, it had been a HUGE GANGA Party? Instead? I doubt there would of even been a fight what-so-ever, except over whom ate the last piece of pizza or tater-chip...

Support & sign the petition for HB 577, take the Monies from the Mexician Drug CARTEL's and TAX Medicinal Cannabis,(benifiting the State), for SAFE ACCESS in NC!!
Or Join us on Feb 12th, in Raliegh!
Petition link.. http://signon.org/sign/legalize-medical-cannabis

Safety

So, Mr. David, what exactly is the actual penalty, shall we say, for 16 counts of selling alcohol to a minor? 16 misdemeanors? Is that going to end up as a few hours of community service? Or a suspended sentence with a fine? Just curious to see how stiff the punishment is going to be because there are a lot of crazy people out there and if they think well, they just got a slap on the wrist, that isn't anything. You never know what might start happening all around those area's out there. Redneck(s) as you called them, if the punishment doesn't hurt them too awful bad, I kind of doubt you'll get any results.
Just my opinion. We've all got one.

Well in this great country

Well in this great country where when you are 18 you are concidered a adult and you can now join one of our milatary branches to serve our great country and be told to kill the enemy (your a udult) when you 18 you can drive a 3,000 lb automobile (your a udult) but to drink a cold beer in our great country your a crimanal.

Great Country

It is such a great country and state that we don't require people finish high school much less learn how to spell correctly.

It is spelled CRIMINAL.