An Apison Pike couple has been arrested after police said they hosted a beer party for seniors at East Hamilton High School.
Charles Alvin Crumley, 45, and Jo Deeann Crumley, 43, were charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Three students found outside the house at 11215 Apison Pike were also charged. Cited for drinking underage were Harrison Warren and Lauren Thomas along with a juvenile female.
The call came in to police at 3:27 a.m. Police said they were unable to gain entrance to the house, where numerous teens were inside, because the Crumleys would not give permission and a search warrant could not be obtained "because of the magistrate's schedule."
In a recent teen beer party bust on Signal Mountain, police there loaded the youths in a bus and took them to the county jail, where they were fingerprinted and had their mug shots taken.
The sheriff's office was dispatched to the residence after an anonymous noise complaint. The responding officer said he learned that deputies had been at the same residence previously for an underage drinking party and a noise complaint.
An officer said as he approached the residence he saw a young white female exit from a basement door. He said when she saw him she turned around and re-entered the house.
He said, "While the door was open, I observed numerous young people inside, who appeared to be under the age of 21, which were either holding beer cans and some type of solo cup."
The officer said he also observed "an older white male inside the basement room, who appeared to be 'partying' with the young people."
He said when the young people saw him they began running upstairs. He said he heard the older male, Charles Alvin Crumley, tell them to go upstairs.
The officer said there were at least 30 beer cans in plain view on a table and scattered throughout the room along with cardboard beer containers.
He said Crumley argued with him about why he was at the residence, and denied he had been downstairs with the young people.
The deputy said Ms. Crumley came outside and asked why he was there. She told him she had been asleep and did not hear any noise.
There were numerous vehicles parked in a grassy area near the house, it was stated. Three people were found in this area - the three who were charged.
Warren said the alcohol was already in the house when he got there. He said he consumed a few drinks, then went to sleep in a vehicle. Ms. Thomas said there were at least 20 other people in the house who were underage.
She said a son of the Crumleys was hosting the party for the graduating class of East Hamilton.
The officer said he later received a video and pictures from a parent of one of the students at the party. He said they show young people consuming alcohol inside and outside the residence.
He said there is a video clip showing Charles Crumley arm wrestling with younger people at a table where there were numerous beer cans.