Lowndes County attorney charged in connection with Caledonia prom party

By Press Release


On April 1, 2012, Agents of the Mississippi Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Deputies of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department conducted an investigation of a party following a Caledonia High School prom.

The party was held at the residence of Steve Wallace, 60, 600 Aldridge Road, Caledonia. Wallace is also a former district attorney candidate in Lowndes County.

Prior to the party, numerous citizens informed ABC Enforcement that a $10.00 cover charge would allow a person to attend the party and to obtain liquor and beer. At the party, an undercover ABC agent was able to purchase a wrist band for $10.00 and was able to obtain beer and liquor from Colt Wallace, age 18, also of 600 Aldridge Road, Caledonia. Colt Wallace is the son of Steve Wallace.

Approximately 200 persons were in attendance at the party. ABC Agents seized numerous bottles of liquor along with two kegs of beer.

Steve Wallace was charged with the 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.

Three persons were charged and taken to the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center.

· Travis Blanton, age 18, 250 Winters Cove, Columbus, charged with Possession of Beer by Minor and Disorderly Conduct

· Ethan Sims, age 18, 443 Mt Vernon Road, Columbus, Possession of Beer by Minor

· Steely Wilson, age 18, 349 Molly Lane, Columbus, Possession of Beer by Minor

Others charged include:

· Justin Hauerwas , age 19, 720 Wolfe Road, Caledonia, charged with Possession of Beer by Minor

· Marandia Koening, age 19, 100 Burton Drive, Caledonia, Possession of Beer by Minor

· Austin Mordecai , age 18, 2144 Crews Road, Sullegent, AL, Possession of Beer by Minor

· Michael Varner, age 19, 39 Ruby Lane, Columbus, Possession of Beer by Minor

· Male, age 17, charged with Possession of Beer by Minor

· Male, age 17, charged with Possession of Beer by Minor

· Female, age 17, charged with Possession of Beer by Minor

The three juveniles listed above were arrested and released to their parents. (Identifying information for a minor person less than 18 years of age is not released by the ABC.) Several other juveniles, who were drinking but did not have alcohol in their possession, were detained and released to their parents.

Investigation of this event is continuing.

The Social Host Law was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature in 2011. It provides that misdemeanor charges may be made against any adult person that:

· owns or leases a private residence or other private premises, and

· knowingly allows a party to take place or continue at the residence or premises, and

· a minor attending the party obtains, possesses or consumes beer, light wine or an alcoholic beverage.

The law provides that a person convicted of the Social Host law shall be punished by a fine of $1000 or by 90 days in county jail, or both at the discretion of the court, for each count. (The Social Host law exempts legally protected religious activities and family gatherings.)