Caledonia man granted continuance in social host case

By The Associated Press

CALEDONIA — The court date for a Caledonia accused of making alcohol available minors during a party at his home has been rescheduled for July 31.

The Commercial Dispatch reports that Steve Wallace had been scheduled for a Lowndes County Justice Court appearance on Tuesday.

The 60-year-old Wallace has been charged with sale of beer without a permit, possession of alcoholic beverages with intent to sell without a permit and 10 counts of violation of the social host law.

The charges stem from an April 1 investigation at Wallace’s home in Caledonia where a party held after the Caledonia High School prom.

Ten others — ranging in age from 17 to 19 — were charged with possession of beer by a minor.

Mississippi’s “social host” law — passed in 2011 — punishes adults who knowingly host gatherings where people younger than 21 consume alcohol. It carries penalties of up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for the adult.

In the past, it had been illegal for adults to purchase alcohol for minors, or to provide it to them. There was no punishment for people who hosted events and didn’t provide alcohol but knew minors were drinking.