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Local Resident Charged With Social Hosting Ordinance


By admin - Posted on 05 December 2011

At 3:45am on December 1, 2011 the Meagher County Sheriff's Office received a report of a young man in the Emergency Room with a stab wound.

An investigation was started into the incident. It was found that it was not a stab wound, but a self inflicted razor cut.

the investigation found that Kody Mondragon, 18 years old, of White Sulphur Springs, was at a house party within the city limits of White Sulphur Springs. Mondragon cut himself, across his chest with a razorblade. Mondragon appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. Mondragon was charged with Minor In Possession of Alcohol. Mondragon was not charged with Filing a False Report as it was the hospital that reported the incident. Mondragon was cooperative with authorities during the investigation.

The resident of the house, Brittany King, 21 years of age, was cited for Social Hosting and Contributing Alcohol to Minors. King has pled guilty to the Social Hosting charge and not guilty to the Contributing charge. King was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but 10 days suspended. She is awaiting a trial date for the Contributing.

Social Hosting is defined as:

Any person who conducts, allows, organizes, supervises, controls, permits or aids another in conducting, allowing , organizing , supervising, controlling or permitting an event or gathering. The term includes, but is not limited to the following:
(1 ) Any person or persons who owns, rents, leases or otherwise controls the premises where the event, gathering or party takes place;
(2) The person or persons in charge of the premises;
(3) The person or persons who organized the activity

Prohibited Acts
It is a violation of this Chapter for a social host who knows or reasonably should know that an underage person has possessed or consumed alcohol at an event, gathering or party, to fail to take reasonable steps to prevent the underage consumption or possession by the underage person. The social host does not have to be present at the event, gathering or party at the time the prohibited act occurs.

Stephanie Towery, 18 years of age, was also cited for Minor In Possession of Alcohol. Towery has pled guilty to the MIP. She received credit for time served and a $185.00 fine.

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