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Minor arrests down at Crawfish fest

From Staff Reports

A host of minors were arrested over the weekend for possessing alcohol at the annual Alabama Crawfish Festival in Faunsdale.

In addition, other persons were arrested for providing alcohol to the minors.

The majority of those arrested were from out-of-the area.

The amount of arrests have been reduced considerably over the last few years, said Marengo County Sheriff Jesse Langley, from a high of approximately 100 arrests in 1998 when the department first worked the event.

Following is a list of those arrested, provided by the Marengo County Sheriff’s Department:

Amy Michelle Royster, 18, of Selma, was arrested for a minor in possession of an alcoholic beverage.

Ashley Peacock Cochran, 19, of Selma, was arrested April 12 for minor in possession.

Walter Franklin Vick, 19, of Thomasville, was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Menno Jacob Clemmer, 20, of 14874 Alabama Highway 61 in Uniontown was arrested for minor in possession.

Walter Rodney Richardson, 20, of Leroy, Ala., was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Casey Crawford Gibbes, 18, of Northport, was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Ershell Wayne Smitherman, 40, of Centreville, was arrested for furnishing alcoholic beverages to minors.

Tabitha Jean McDonald, 19, of Elmore, Ala., arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Dan Patrick Vuong, 19, of Dallas, Tx., was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

William Ryan Whitson, 19, of Northport, was arrested for minor in possession.

Tyler James Sansing, 20, of Tuscaloosa, was arrested April 13, for minor in possession.

Kristen Lee Ann Robbins, 18, of Tuscaloosa, was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Allison Leigh Seay. 21, of Tuscaloosa, was arrested April 13 for furnishing alcohol to minors.

Janese Nicole Smith, 19, of Brent, was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

Kandice Dawn Langston, 20, of Tuscaloosa, was arrested April 13 for minor in possession.

There were other arrests related to the attendance at the festival. There is usually a large presence of area law enforcement officials on display at the event. "We’ve worked it pretty hard," Langley said. "It’s not going to be a two-day drunk up there; we’re not going to put up with that."

Alabama Beverage Control officers and State Troopers work with the sheriff’s department to keep it under control, he said.