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York County booze bust results in 4 charges

York County deputies investigating complaints of people riding a four-wheeler around 2 a.m. Sunday morning at a party southeast of Rock Hill charged four adults with contributing to the delinquency of a minor after six underage people admitted they had been drinking alcohol illegally.

After police arrived at 265 Meridan Drive in Rock Hill and were initially told by two of the people later charged that no one else was there, further investigation found five of the underage drinkers inside, including three of the teens found hiding in bedroom closets, according to a report from the sheriff's office.

According to police and jail reports, officers charged Laura Elizabeth Hess, 47, and Jamie Lee Hess, 21, both of whose addresses were listed as the Meridian Drive home.

Police also charged Robert D. Hopper, 21, of 502 Charrow Town Road, and Thomas Paul Roark Jr., 24, of 411 Burnage Way #208. All four were released Sunday afternoon after posting $3,000 bond at the York County Detention Center, according to jail officials.

Police initially were told by Jamie Hess and Hopper that they were the only ones at the home, according to the sheriff's office report.

Deputies noticed an unattended fire behind the home and found a teenage male trying to put the fire out, the report stated. Then, the teen admitted he had been drinking.

Deputy C.J. Doty heard people inside the house and saw lights being turned off, the report stated.

Inside the home, police found five other teens who admitted they had been drinking.

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