Parents allegedly permit Lincolnton teen beer bash

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January 9, 2007

LINCOLNTON, Ga.---A truckload of beer and alcohol was seized after a teen beer bash was broken up in Lincoln County this weekend. Dozens of teenagers were found there, all underage, and some of the very young.

In a small town like Lincolnton, where football is its pride and joy, the only crowds that typically gather are on the field.

But the spotlight was on a home on Augusta Highway on Saturday night after authorities say three adults supervised a beer free-for-all there.

Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson says more than 30 teens were found at the party, some as young as 15 years old.

He says the teens were invited to what the parents called a birthday party, while Kathy Rhodes' 18-year-old son charged a $5 cover to pay for the food and alcohol and Dr. Robert Jay Lagroon allegedly supplied the liquor.

Sheriff Lawson says at least 20 students had been drinking and there's no telling how many more had been before police arrived.

The three parents responsible claimed they had no idea it was going on, but the sheriff believes they did and even participated in it. The three were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and posted bond on Sunday.

Most of the teens were released back to their parents safely and without being charged.

The sheriff told us he decided not to charge them because he didn't feel it was fair to only charge the ones who were still at the party after everyone else had already run away.