Cops: Cortlandt, N.Y. Parents Arrested After Teen Son Throws Party Involving Booze, Pot
CORTLANDT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — To their son, they’re probably parents of the year.
As far the police are concerned, they’re in big trouble.
As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported Tuesday night, Bolivar and Gladys Alvarez were arrested, and their son was also slapped with charges, after New York State Police came by their house on Buttonwood Avenue in Cortlandt, Westchester County, late Saturday night.
Police said officers responding to a complaint of blocked traffic quickly discovered a party going on, with 80-100 teenagers in attendance. Some of the teens took off running when the police arrived.
The party was being thrown by the couple’s 17-year-old son, police said. Police said they found alcohol and marijuana at the party.
Marianne and George Lawrence said they could not sleep because of the racket right outside their window.
“It was like a convention,” Marianne Lawrence said.
“We were awakened by all of the noise, and I honestly don’t know how to describe it,” George Lawrence added.
Amy Owens described a mass of young people – up to 100 – filling Buttonwood Avenue.
“My largest concern was the people walking up and down the street, with regular street traffic of the cars going to and fro,” Owens said.
“There was way too many people there,” said one of the party host’s classmates from nearby Walter Panas High School, who attended the party and did not wish to be identified. “There was no control whatsoever.”
The classmate said word of the party spread fast and the crowd quickly mushroomed, through Facebook and text messaging.
“One message goes around and everyone knows within the hour,” the party attendee said.
Bolivar and Gladys Alvarez were both home at the time the party was going on, police said. They were arrested for unlawfully dealing with a child, endangering the welfare of a child and allowing underage drinking.
Gladys Alvarez had little to say Tuesday.
“I can’t say nothing. I don’t speak English,” she said.
Their teenage son was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.
“We always assume the best of our kids, but you don’t know what’s going to happen with peer pressure and all that,” Owens said.
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