Thursday, October 15, 2009
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs Police Department issued the first social host ordinance violations Wednesday morning, citing five students from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus.
Capt. Joel Rae said officers stopped a car with no taillights at about 1:40 a.m. and found that two people in the car were underage and intoxicated.
The driver was sober. When asked where they got the alcohol, the two said they were at a party in the first block of Butcherknife Alley.
"It's been a chronic party house," Rae said. "We've had numerous calls over the past month and a half."
When officers arrived at the house, they cited Kaleb Soldz, Henry Grant, Michael Vidor, Aaron McDougal and Greg Russell, all 19-year-old CMC students, with a social host violation. The five are all listed on the lease to the apartment, Rae said.
The homeowner also was told about the party and the tickets but does not face any penalty. Rae said the owner was not aware of what was going on at the house.
"He's not technically required to do anything, but he is the owner of the house, and basically it's becoming a neighborhood concern from all the parties that are taking place there," he said.
Rae said five people have complained about loud music, numerous cars and other nuisances at the house in the past couple of months.
The five housemates also were cited for being minors in possession of alcohol and are scheduled to appear before a municipal judge Dec. 2.
The Steamboat Springs City Council passed the social host ordinance in May, but police had not used it until Wednesday.
The ordinance carries a first-offense fine of at least $500, at least 24 hours of community service and a requirement that the offender complete an alcohol education program.
The exact fines and punishment are at the discretion of the municipal judge.