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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Parents grounded for giving booze to minors

WESTBOROUGH

Westborough parents accused of supplying alcohol to a teen at a house party last summer have agreed to complete community service and probation in exchange for their cases being dismissed after one year.

Karl and Carolyn C. Bjork will each complete 100 hours of community service, including attending a class on at-risk youth, and remain on probation for one year as part of a deal struck between prosecutors, police and the Bjork’s defense attorney, Westborough Police Chief Alan Gordon said.

The Bjorks were each charged with one count of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 after a hearing in October. Police said the Bjorks were home when their teen-age daughter hosted a party in August at their Gale Meadow Way home, where officers investigating a car accident found vomit, empty beer cans and red plastic cups in the road.

Police went to the home after an interviewing an 18 year old who had crashed his Pontiac into a Volvo on Haskell Street on his way home. The teen, who passed field sobriety tests, told them he had drunk three beers at the party.

Westborough District Court Judge Paul Waickowski continued the Bjork’s case without a finding at a pre-trial conference on Dec. 19, Gordon said. The Bjorks did not plead guilty, but admitted there was enough evidence to find them guilty if the case went to trial.

The case will be dismissed on Dec. 19, 2007 as long as the Bjorks complete the terms of the deal and are not charged with a crime.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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