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Giant party caught Milton couple by surprise, lawyer says

Posted by Natalie Feulner  November 29, 2012 02:38 PM

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The Milton couple whose home was the site of a massive party that police shut down on the Labor Day weekend didn’t know what kind of event would be held there, the couple’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Randall K. Power, the attorney for Steve and Sharon Mathieu, made his comments outside Quincy District Court, where the couple was arraigned on charges that they sold alcohol without a permit.

The Mathieus entered not guilty pleas, and nodded in agreement when the judge ordered that they obey all laws and “specifically {Milton} bylaws.” They are due back at Quincy District Court Feb. 28 for a pre-trial hearing.

The couple has not commented publicly since the party, where 1,500 people went to their home on Mark Lane. The event was advertised on Twitter as the “Make It Nasty Mansion Pool Party,” with tickets sold for $15 and $20.

Power said Mathieus let friends of the family use their pool house, which is larger than the home and not visible from the road, for a fund-raiser. They did not know it how it was being advertised or that alcohol would be sold, Power said.

“They agreed to let them use their house for what they believed was a charitable cause,” Power said. “It instead snowballed but they never wanted for that to happen … this is a family of professionals.”

In Milton, residents or businesses that want to sell alcohol at a specific event must apply for a one-day liquor license through the Board of Selectmen.

The Mathieus purchased the home in 2005. Police say they had not been called to the property before this past Sept. 1, but it wasn’t the first time an event or fund-raiser had been held in the pool house.

“Our investigation revealed that they had been renting it for a while, there had been numerous groups that had rented it,” Police Chief Richard Wells said last month. “It was not clear if there was ever anything of this size, but the history was definitely there.”

Power said both Mathieus were “embarrassed” by the incident and that they would not host anything similar in the future.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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