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May 28, 2011 10:49 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Two Cited For Underage Drinking Parties

Jun 1, 2011 9:03 AM

In separate incidents, Southampton Town Police charged two adults late on Friday and early Saturday morning with allowing minors to drink alcohol at house parties.

In Eastport, Heather Petrie, 38, was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, as well as with violating the Suffolk County Social Host Law, a violation.

Responding to a report of a large house party involving underage drinking, police said, they arrived at Ms. Petrie’s South Bay Avenue house at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday. They reportedly found several 14- to 18-year-olds drinking alcohol with, they said, the full knowledge of Ms. Petrie, the homeowner. She was to be arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court early this week.

All the youths were released to family members, police said, and Child Protective Services is conducting an investigation.

In Water Mill, a 46-year-old man also was charged with violating the Social Host Law, for which a first offense, a violation, can trigger a fine of up to $500. Repeat offenses, which are misdemeanors, can result in fines of up to $1,000 and as much as one year in jail.

Police responded at 4:40 a.m. on Saturday to a complaint about a loud party at the man’s home on Uncle Leo’s Lane. They found about 15 minors drinking, they said, with the full knowledge of the homeowner, the 46-year-old man. According to his arrest report, the homeowner told police he allowed the alcohol-fueled party to take place because it was his son’s prom.

The man was charged with one count of violating the county’s social host law, meant to discourage parties where minors are permitted to drink alcohol. Anyone older than 18 who rents or otherwise “controls” a house, apartment, motel room, campsite, mobile home or such can be charged for failing to take action when there is underage drinking. An example of such action would be to “make a prompt demand that the minor(s) stop drinking the alcoholic beverages or leave the premises,” according to an online newsletter from the Suffolk County Police Department.

The man was issued an appearance ticket ordering him to appear for an arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court at a later date.

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Why was one person who was charged identified and the other not. Seems biased to me. Or was the Water Mill man too well known?? Not fair !!!!
By bayview (156), Southampton on May 28, 11 5:45 PM
Our policy is to name only those charged with a misdemeanor count or above. One case involved a misdemeanor charge, and so the defendant was named. In the other, the charge was only a violation, so no name.
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (201), Hampton Bays on May 28, 11 10:12 PM
what a crock. You should be ashamed of that policy. I guess a fat wallet entitles you to continue drinking your martinis while this poor girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders. You want to play your name should be in the paper reguardless.
By judepro (1), eastport on Jun 1, 11 6:34 PM
I agree! Though it would better if NO names were published without a CONVICTION.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 4, 11 10:34 PM
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It's because Isaac Gad is very wealthy, and Heather Petrie is not.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 28, 11 9:34 PM
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Why different charges for the same thing?
By esm34 (9), manorville on May 29, 11 3:23 PM
See above comment.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 29, 11 3:58 PM
its possible that the underage drinkers in the 2nd case were not minors.If they were over 18 they are not minors, therefore no endangering charge. Still underage but she allowed 14 year olds to drink. Just my guess but money does talk.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 30, 11 7:58 AM
squeaky may be riight.

However, the SHP are very conscious of WHO they are dealing with.

All these small forces are very susceptable to undue influence (even if it's self imposed).

Get rid of all these little police forces and replace them with the NY State Police. They are by far the most professional law enforcers out there.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 30, 11 9:39 PM
SHP=Southampton Police, not the press.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 30, 11 9:40 PM
You gotta be kiddin....The NYState Troopers superior, what the hell are you smokin???? Read the police blotters in any newspaper....Troopers do nothing but DWI's all night long. Especially hiding between the canal and Flanders Road
(where all the bars are). Call that shooting fish in a barrel, Huh? Entrapment, maybe, and I forgot their mainly needed for the Indian reservations. Maybe you should get a police scanner and lisen up to them as their "ALWAYS" signing on to SHPD calls, why?? because ...more
By The Crow's Nest (64), Red Creek on May 31, 11 5:29 PM
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The reason why she was charged is because she hosted an underage drinking party for 14-16 year olds. I know of some of the minors personally. There were approx 30 kids there. She is not innocent. And she could have stopped it. The law is the law. You knowingly allow minors to drink in your home and you go to jail plain and simple.
By jenniferp (1), Shirley on Jun 2, 11 10:39 PM
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"The law is the law."

Someone should tell that to the 200 or so illegal immigrants that gather at the 7/11 just a few miles to the west of Ms. Petrie's house.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 4, 11 10:37 PM
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I didn't see anyone disagreeing with you, they are questioning why the other person didn't have their name printed and were seemingly charged with something different. The way the story reads, they are both accused of the same thing.
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 11 7:04 PM
I didn't think anyone was arguing....the comment was just an aside since a pickup overloaded with day laborers in the back nearly crashed into me earlier in the day.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 5, 11 9:21 PM
sorry I was replying to jenniferp. No one said that the first woman was wrong, just why wasn't the 2nd person treated the same.

As for the aside, sadly I understand.
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Jun 6, 11 3:45 PM
More Know It All's.....
By 1640sWhaler (73), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Jun 3, 11 11:26 AM
"Ms. Petrie’s South Bay Avenue house...They reportedly found several 14- to 18-year-olds drinking alcohol with, they said, the full knowledge of Ms. Petrie"

"...man’s home on Uncle Leo’s Lane. They found about 15 minors drinking, they said, with the full knowledge of the homeowner,"

Seems like the same thing to me. Although it appears he had more under aged kids drinking. Something seems curious.
By bb (884), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 11 6:31 PM
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I remember this great Metallica album from many years ago.

...And Justice for All

If you never read the lyrics, you should...
By Mr. Z (11377), North Sea on Jun 6, 11 9:07 PM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser