Fort Mill Times

Mom accused of hosting beer bash

Authorities arrested 20 teenagers and a 41-year-old woman early Sunday at a house party in Fort Mill, where they say teens were drinking beer late into the night.

The lead investigator called it one of the biggest underage drinking busts ever in York County.

When deputies arrived just after midnight at the home on Doves Road, they found teenagers hanging out in the backyard near two beer kegs and "a massive amount of empty cups," according to reports from the York County Sheriff's Office.

Bags of marijuana were found under the porch, reports stated.

Michelle Renee Boucher told authorities she hosted the party to celebrate her daughter's 18th birthday. Boucher bought the kegs at a beverage supply store near Carowinds, said Investigator Brian Schettler of the county's alcohol enforcement team.

The family recently moved to Fort Mill from the Charlotte area, Schettler said. That could explain why only two of the teenagers were from Fort Mill; the others were from Charlotte, Pineville and Matthews, N.C., arrest records show.

"Everybody there was drinking," said Schettler. "Usually, you'll find some that were drinking, some just there for the party. In this case, everyone was there to drink."

Boucher was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and transfer of beer to a minor, according to a report.

The home is located off Sutton Road just west of I-77.

Deputies learned of the party when they stopped a car on Sutton Road. Empty beer cans were found in the car, Schettler said.

Underage drinking has emerged as a hot issue in Fort Mill. In a story published Nov. 12, the Fort Mill Times reported that law enforcement officials and an agency that works to curb substance abuse said underage drinking is becoming a serious problem in Fort Mill. Experts point to the affluence of Fort Mill to explain the trend. They say teenagers from wealthier families are more likely to drink beer and liquor at parties. Fort Mill and Tega Cay have the highest median incomes in the county.

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