Charges expected after officers called to ‘large party’

Staff Report

COLUMBIA TWP. — Numerous individuals are facing charges after deputies were called to a “large party” in Columbia Twp. over the weekend.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that on Saturday, May 21, at approximately 12:30 a.m., his office received complaints about a large party at a residence on Cone Road in Columbia Twp. Information received by dispatch was about 40-50 vehicles were parked on the road, next to the road and in fields with beer cans lying all over the place.

Deputies arrived at the residence to find approximately 100 teenagers and young adults present with underage drinking as well as drug usage allegedly occurring. Several party goers ran into the wooded area around the residence. Inside the residence more teenagers were located as well as one underage female who had to be transported by squad to a local hospital. During the time officers were there, most of those who ran into the wooded area came back out to the officers. Most of the teenagers and young adults were from other counties such as Hocking and Franklin counties.

Assistance was requested from other agencies and the Ohio State Patrol, the Ohio Investigative Unit, Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, McArthur Police Department, Syracuse Police Department and the Middleport Police Department responded to assist.

The owner of the residence, Mindy Grady, age 36, and her 18-year-old son, Dominick, were at the residence and transported to the sheriff’s office but later released pending charges being filed by the Ohio Investigative Unit, which is also filing charges on all persons who were drinking under the age of 21.

All of the teenagers who were under 21 years old that had been drinking as well as all who were under the age of 18 years old, were turned over to their parent or guardian at the scene or at the sheriff’s office.

Officers had several vehicles that were parked on the roadway towed from that location and impounded.

The case is still under investigation.

Staff Report