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Charges may be filed after Grafton party

by James Fisher

REGIONAL WRITER

Grafton Police Chief Jeff Leach is anticipating filing charges sometime this week against at least one adult in connection with a weekend party that resulted in a 17-year-old boy being sent to the hospital with alcohol poisoning.

The 18-year-old female could be the first person charged under the new city ordinance against underage consumption after City Council passed the second reading of the ordinance Tuesday night, said City Manager Kevin Stead.

However, Leach was still unsure Tuesday afternoon exactly what charges the woman may face or whether they will be state or city charges.

"I talked to the prosecutor (John Bord) today and he's still looking into it," Leach said.

Leach said police also have identified at least four adults and 10 juveniles at the party who may face charges. The 18-year-old female is the resident of the apartment where the party took place, Leach said, and she has given a complete statement to officers.

"She didn't actually buy the alcohol, but she provided the money and it was brought to her," Leach said.

Neither the female nor the 17-year-old male who was taken to the hospital has been identified by police.

The boy reportedly had a blood alcohol content of more than .40, Leach said, and was in an alcohol coma when he arrived at Grafton City Hospital early Saturday morning.

In comparison, a blood alcohol content of .10 is considered legally drunk.

The boy reportedly had recovered completely by Tuesday, Leach said, and was not expected to suffer any permanent damage from the effects of the alcohol.

Leach said numerous types of alcohol were available at the party, including beer, wine, hard liquor and grain alcohol.

Regional writer James Fisher can be reached at 626-1446

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