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Mother arrested, teens cited for drinking at after-prom party

Another party Sunday leads to more underage drinking citations

Posted: April 16, 2012 - 10:34am  |  Updated: April 18, 2012 - 12:23am
Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, of Evans, was arrested Saturday, April 14, 2012, after allowing teens to drink alcohol at her daughter's after prom party.   HAND OUT
Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, of Evans, was arrested Saturday, April 14, 2012, after allowing teens to drink alcohol at her daughter's after prom party.

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A mother was sent to jail and 25 minors, mostly Lakeside High School students, were cited after Columbia County deputies broke up an after-prom party in Evans early Saturday morning.

Around 1 a.m., deputies were called to the 3500 block of Greenway Drive, in The Summit off Fury’s ferry Road, in reference to a noise complaint, a sheriff’s report says. When deputies arrived at the house, they saw several teenagers drinking in the driveway. Some of the teens ran into the garage and closed the door, while others ran behind the home toward Fury’s Ferry Road, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office incident report.

Deputies found the homeowner, Rachael Sheree Arrington, 42, who said her daughter was having a prom after-party with her friends. The report says after some investigation, it became clear to police that Arrington had noticed the minors drinking alcohol and even admitted she took away coolers containing alcohol, but did nothing else to “further deter the minors from consuming alcoholic beverages or ending the party.”

There was also a sign on a board in the upstairs area that contained the rules: no alcohol downstairs, no loud music/noise outside and have fun, according to the report.

Arrington was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of contributing to delinquency/unruliness/deprivation of a minor and providing alcohol to any person under 21 years of age. She was released from the Columbia County Detention Center and released after posting a $3,200 bond, according to jail records.

Deputies found several teens hiding throughout the house. Zachary Thomas Hornsby, 17, of Oregon Trail in Martinez, was found hiding in a bathroom. Hornsby struggled and cursed at deputies as they tried to remove him from the bathroom.

Hornsby was arrested and cited for disorderly conduct and minor in possession. He was released from the jail Saturday morning after posting a $1,000 bond.

Authorities cited 24 other teens for underage drinking: Sydney Elizabeth Umstead, 18, of Brae Burn Drive in Martinez; Zachary Lewis Banks, 18, of Lakeside Townhomes Court in Evans; Dakota Wade Lyons, 18, of Hannah’s Crossing in Evans; Christin Duane Hall, 18, of Emerald Crossing in Evans; Brandi Victoria Smiley, 18, of Oakbrook Drive in Evans; Justin Cole Lowndes, 18, of Danielle Drive in Martinez; Ryan Gregory Burton, 17, of Park Chase Drive in Evans; Tatum Marie Brown, 17, of Winged Foot Drive in Martinez; Mary Michael Stetz, 17, of Lonesome Pine Court in Martinez; Rayna Alexis Brockman, 18, of Dixon Court in Evans; Taylor Brinson Banks, 18, of Preston Trail in Martinez; Sarah Kaitlyn Fickle, 18, of Broad Street in Athens, Ga.; William Reza Abolghassem, 17, of Inverness Place in Martinez, Regan Joy Askin, 18, of Spyglass Road in Martinez; Tyler Alexander Williams, 17, of Emerald Place in Evans; Alfred John Kelley, 19, of Skinner Mill Road in Augusta; Mary Caroline King, 18, of Point Comfort Road in Martinez; Tyler Douglas Popplewell, 17, of Emerald Crossing in Evans; Haley Morgan Kaylor, 17; of Ernestine Falls in Grovetown; Kara Grace Wells, 17, of Lakestone Way in Martinez; Helen Wick, 17, of Bristol Road in Evans; Amanda Marie Waters, 17, of Pebble Beach Drive in Martinez; and two 16-year-olds.

Several more teens were cited for underage drinking early Sunday after deputies responded to another loud party in Evans.

Investigating a noise complaint at a Sussex Drive home at about 3:30 a.m., deputies found open bottles of alcohol inside the house in Stratford subdivision off Hardy McManus. No adults were present.
The 10 teens and a 20-year-old present admitted to drinking. Those cited are: Leslie R. Crandall, of Sussex Drive in Evans; Cole Simmons Wasden, 20, of Ashwood Drive in North Augusta; Thomas Washer Jr., 18, of Mauldin Drive in Evans; Emmanuel Rashal Hammonds, 18, of Wythe Drive in Evans; Alexandria Lidia Motes, 18, of Bellingham Court in Evans; Qtynness Franklin, 17, of Aylesbury Drive in Evans; Cody Alexander Hamilton, 18, of Kestwick Drive West in Martinez; Daniel Steven Yanizeski, 18, of Prince George Avenue in Evans; John Lewis Bishop III, 19, of Deer Run in Evans; Charles Nicholas Sims, 17, of Wooden Branch lane in Asheville, N.C.; and Karen Truong Tran, 18, of Spotswood Drive in Evans.

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Just out of

Just out of curiosity......why do we know that the first list of offenders are from Lakeside High but there is no school listed for the other teen offenders????? What does the media have against LHS??? There are teenagers from all the Columbia County schools drinking, what the heck does it matter where they go to school? And yes, my kids go to Lakeside and for the 20+ kids listed here, there are 100+ that enjoyed the prom and the after parties alcohol free.

Barry Paschal

School identification

The school (Lakeside) is identified because the mother characterized the gathering to deputies as an after-prom party for her daughter, a Lakeside student. There is no indication the other party was similarly related to a school event, though it occurred in the Greenbrier zone.

A lady

second party

also, there wasnt a parent present at the second party ostensibly condoning illegal activity-- which would make it clear which prom the second after- party had to do with. At the second party there are several students listed who currently go to GHS or formerly went there but also people were there and no one really knows what their school affiliation is... seems to be a maybe after prom ghs party or possibly mixed with Evans kids who also had a prom that night. Look parents, your responsibility doesnt end with getting a limo or party bus-- thank you for keeping them from drinking and driving but you really might want to have a little talk with these kids about the law and for Goodness sake if this is your kid's 2nd or 3rd incident you might have a little bit of a problem on your hands. Once is one thing but some of these kids have 2 or 3 incidents under their belts.


Worried about your property values?

How does reporting the facts equate to the media having something against Lakeside?