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Three charged with violating social host law

WESTERLY— Westerly police arrested three men on Friday night for hosting a party at which alcohol was served to 13 guests under 18 years old.

Daniel W. Cracas, 20, Jacob A. Sanda, 20, and Clifford C. Stamm, 18, all of 22 Top St., were charged with unlawful gatherings on private property where alcohol is served to minors, also known as the social host offense based on the town ordinance.

Police responded to a noise complaint at the trio’s Top Street residence shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday, according to Capt. Shawn Lacey. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a party occurring in the basement of the house with 33 people, 13 of whom were under 18.

Cracas was also charged with purchase/procurement of alcohol for minors after officers discovered that he had provided some of the alcohol found at the party.

Officers disposed of the alcohol and contacted the parents of all minors to pick them up from the party, Lacey said.

Of the remaining guests, those planning to drive home were given sobriety tests before being allowed to leave.

The arrests mark the second social host violation in Westerly this year, following the Jan. 31 arrest of Westerly resident Brian C. Holdredge. Holdredge, 41, was charged after police discovered that teenagers drank alcohol at his home at a party for his 13-year-old daughter.

Like Holdredge, the three Top Street tenants will appear in municipal court for their charges.

Police Chief Edward St. Clair previously told The Sun that the fine for a local social host charge is between $250 and $500.

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