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Noise complaint leads to felony charges

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Crime > Los Alamos man charged with furnishing alcohol to minors

By Tris DeRoma

A Feb. 28 noise complaint turned out to be something more for officers responding to a call at the Verde Ridge Apartments in the 100 block of Verde Ridge Road. The complainant said the neighbors in apartment A were making too much noise.
While one officer went to knock on the door, two others stood on a hill observing what was going on in the apartment, through a kitchen window.
As Officer James T. Keane knocked on the door announcing he was a police officer, Cpl. Brent Hudspeth and Sgt. Jeremy Duran could see someone inside trying to hide and dispose of various bottles and plastic cups sitting on the counter.
“As I continued to knock, the other officers saw a female, later identified as Amanda Burnworth, moving the red ‘Solo’ cups and bottles in a way consistent with that of someone who is trying to hide or dispose of them,” Keane said in his report.
They also observed another occupant of the apartment, Kevin Carpenter, attempting to get away from the scene through the backyard.
Eventually, a man named Kyle Elliott opened the door, and officers in the report said they could smell marijuana coming from inside the apartment, as well as on Elliott. They could also smell alcohol on Elliott’s breath.
Police at this time also noted that some of the people in the apartment drinking alcohol appeared to be underage, including Burnworth and Elliott.
Burnworth then came to the door and they started arguing with police. Elliott wouldn’t let them in, and Burnworth refused to give police the names of the other occupants.
To keep the others from destroying potential evidence, Hudspeth and Duran then entered the apartment and cleared the others out, which included Katherine Deaven, Kevin Carpenter, Sarah Bliss and William Hastings.
While the police were guarding the house and waiting for a warrant, Hastings came forward and said he was the one that provided the alcohol to the party and that he was the one responsible for serving the minors at the party, which included Elliott, Burnworth and Deaven.  
Police arrested Hastings and charged him with three felony counts of providing alcohol to minors. Police said Hastings apparently brought a 30-pack of Coors Light beer and six-pack of “Marble” to the party.
Police also cleared the marijuana and associated paraphernalia from the scene and noted there weren’t any other type of drugs in the house except marijuana.
“As Cpl. Hudspeth and I entered the residence to remove all subjects so we could seal the house and attempt to get a search warrant I could smell a stronger smell that was consistent with marijuana,” Duran said. “Cpl. Hudspeth located a male subject in the living room (Hastings). While looking for the other subjects, I saw a multi-colored glass pipe used to smoke marijuana on a table in the dining room. By a couch going to the stairs, I observed another multi-color glass pipe consistent with a pipe used to smoke marijuana.
On March 6, Deaven, Bliss, Burnworth and Elliott were each served summons on various charges stemming from the incident.
Deaven, 18, of Los Alamos was given a summons on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bliss, 21, of Los Alamos was given a summons on charges of being in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Burnworth, 20, was given a summons on charges of being in possession of marijuana (less than one ounce), being a minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Elliott, 20, of Los Alamos, was given a summons on charges of being in possession of alcohol.
“Selling alcohol to minors is a very serious offense, it is a fourth-degree felony, and we will treat it as the serious offense that it is,” LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster said.