Criminal charges not filed in case of yacht club drinking partyPublished 10:40pm Wednesday, February 8, 2012
As of Wednesday, Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz has not decided whether to file criminal charges in the Eagle Lake Yacht Club drinking party where Ontwa Township-Edwardsburg Police reported charging 30 minors with possession of alcohol.
Chief Kenneth Wray said officers were sent to investigate a parking problem in the area of Eagle Lake Marina.
Police found the parking problem resulted from a large gathering at the yacht club, with 50 to 60 minors gaining unlawful entry and covering windows so lights were not visible from outside. No adults were present.
“We need more follow-up,” Fitz said. “Investigation is continuing.”
The prosecutor said police apparently resolved many of the rounded-up revelers by writing tickets.
His office is working from a smaller list of 10.
Of particular interest would be the Granger, Ind., minor who held the party, which was promoted on Facebook, and another St. Joseph County resident who drove through a fence fleeing.
Under Michigan law, a minor in possession of alcohol constitutes a misdemeanor, according to Fitz.
Punishment for the first offense can include a $100 fine and community service.
A subsequent offense can result in a $200 fine, 30 days in jail and a 90-day driver’s license suspension.
But other factors, such as evidence of breaking and entering, theft or property damage, could lead to 10-year felonies.