Fists fly at Halloween party: Woman arrested for renting facility for teens, allowing alcohol

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 4:00pm

A woman was issued a misdemeanor summons after she was deemed responsible for a high school party that got out of control. The party, which was held at a government facility, not only provided alcohol to minors, but a large fight broke out as well.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the incident occurred on Saturday, Oct. 20. Deputies were called to the St. Amant Recreation Center after there were several reports of a large fight. Witnesses told deputies that someone pulled out a gun, and that another person may have been stabbed.

An intense investigation began, however, officials say witnesses have not been very forthcoming and they’ve been unable to determine if a gun was produced or whether someone was stabbed.

What they do know is that the facility was rented for use by Donna Boeta, 42, of St. Amant. We’re told she was read the terms of the contract and agreed to all of them. They asked if alcohol would be present, and she replied “yes.” She was then instructed that she would have to purchase a $1-million insurance policy and that security must be present.

Officials say security was not provided for the party, and Boeta rented the facility for a family friend, who is a 17-years-old attending a local high school. We’re told the teen sold bracelets at her high school for those who wished to attend.

The parents of the 17-year-old hostess did not attend the party. We’re told Boeta had stopped by the party earlier in the evening, but left because of an illness in the family. By the time she returned, Deputies were on scene responding to the fight.

“We will not tolerate adults promoting and hosting parties where underage drinking will take place,” said Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

Boeta was arrested and charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile. She was issued a misdemeanor summons and released pending her court date.

Two teens were later arrested after being questioned and admitting to consuming alcohol at the party. Both teens also admitted to being hit by other individuals, but could not provide information relative to their identities.


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