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Stamford Party Results in Underage Drinking Citations

Staff Reports
02:15PM / Saturday, July 11, 2009
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STAMFORD, Vt. — Four Stamford residents are being charged with furnishing alcohol to minors after a noisy graduation party resulted in a visit from state police.

Husband and wife James Oliver, 53, and Bonnie Lefevre, 42, of Sportsmen Road, David Fierro, 45, of Main Road and Jeffrey Burdick, 41, have been cited to appear in Vermont District Court in Bennington on charges of enabling the consumption of alochol by minors.

State police said the four were the only adults at the party on Sportsmen Road on Sunday night, July 5, that was attended by roughly 50 youngsters. A noise complaint prompted the state police visit at about 10:15 p.m.; the trooper from the Shaftsbury barracks called for more backup from state police and Clarksburg, Mass., police officers.

Fierro was reportedly there as a hired DJ and Burdick is a neighbor. Lefevre told the North Adams Transcript that the police only found 12 beers in one teen's trunk and that neither she nor any of the other parents who had been present at various times during the all-day party provided any alcohol. Lefevre also told the Transcript she caught several teens sneaking drinks and made them dump the alcohol and took their car keys. The young adults were planning to camp on the property that night.

The party was reportedly for Lefevre's daughter, a recent graduate of Drury High School in North Adams, Mass. The high school held graduation ceremonies on June 5.

Approximately 30 minors ranging in age from 17 to 20 years old were issued diversion paperwork. Two 15-year-olds were cited into Family Court in Bennington. The four adults are scheduled to appear on Aug. 25.
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