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Woman arrested for serving alcohol to minors

VERGENNES - In a complex, coordinated effort, three area law enforcement agencies joined forces in the arrest of a Vergennes woman who, they alleged, served alcohol to minors at a party held in her home.

Police said Janet Cogger, age 46, was charged with enabling consumption by minors following the investigation of an anonymous tip about a party being held at her South Maple Street home.

Officers of the Vergennes Police Department were the first to receive the tip about the party at the Maple Street location. Vergennes P.D. activated the START network and other law enforcement officers-from Vergennes P.D., Bristol P.D., and the Vermont State Police-responded.

The three police organizations conducted a surveillance of Cogger's house. The activity, police claimed, revealed up to 12 minors walking or driving to her Vergennes residence.

Police also said Cogger initially refused to permit the officers into her home to check what was going on at the party; she claimed it was an alcohol-free birthday party.

Undaunted, police met with an Addison County judge to obtain a search warrant; consent was obtained quickly. Ten underage subjects were found to have been drinking and were given PMB notices, police said. Police also noted that six underage persons were released without charges.

In a news release this week, Chief Kevin Gibbs of the Bristol, P.D., noted that "a large quantity of beer and liquor, along with other evidence, was seized from a bar in the basement where the party occurred. Some of the evidence indicates the home may have been used for other underage drinking parties. Investigation continues and additional action is likely."

Cogger was cited into Addison District Court to face charges of enabling consumption by minors on March 3.

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