Mendon couple arrested for underage drinking party

A Mendon couple is due in court for hosting an underage drinking party at their house.

Just after midnight on Sunday, Aug. 13, Vermont State Police from the Rutland barracks and the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department responded to the complaint of a loud party located at a residence on Notch Road in Mendon.

Troopers encountered several people under the age of 21 who were found to have consumed alcohol. Further investigation lead to the issuance of a search warrant for the residence. Law enforcement executed a search warrant on the residence and obtained additional evidence of underage drinking and enabling consumption by minors, a criminal offense. This evidence pointed to homeowners/parents, Paul and Justine Ligon being aware of and present during the underage drinking. Several additional underage drinkers were located within the residence along with a small quantify of marijuana, which was located in an area under Paul Ligon’s control.

In total, 13 persons under the age of 21 were found consuming alcohol at the party. The youngest of the group were two 16 year olds. Each underage drinker was issued a Notice of Violation and released to their parents or taken home as appropriate. Additionally, several people were known to have fled the residence on foot prior to law enforcement arrival.

Paul and Justine Ligon both displayed signs of intoxication and were arrested for enabling consumption by minors. They were processed and released on citations to appear at Vt. Superior Court, Criminal Division on Sept. 18.

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