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Annie LaCourt, Husband Arraigned

The former Arlington selectman and her husband's next court date is Wednesday, Jan. 30, for a pre-trial hearing.

The following is from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Arlington Husband and Wife Arraigned on Charges of Providing Alcohol to Minors

CAMBRIDGE – An Arlington couple was arraigned Friday on charges related to providing alcohol to minors, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public Friday.  

Anne LaCourt, 54, of Arlington, and Mark Burstein, 58, were arraigned in Cambridge District Court on charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor (33 counts). They were arraigned earlier this week in Cambridge Juvenile Court on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor (three counts).  Cambridge District Court Judge Michele Hogan released the defendants on personal recognizance.

The defendant’s next court date is January 30, 2013 for a pre-trial hearing.

It is alleged that LaCourt and Burstein hosted a party at their house on October 19, 2012. At this party, the defendants allegedly provided alcohol to 33 minors, including three who were 16 years of age.

According to authorities, police witnessed young people leaving the residence of LaCourt and Burstein carrying plastic cups, some appearing to be under the influence of alcohol. When officers approached the house they heard loud music blaring and observed that the house was full of teenagers drinking from plastic cups and beer cans.

It is alleged that both LaCourt and Burstein were present and walking around the upstairs and the basement of their house, where the party and the underage drinking were taking place. There was no indication that the students had brought the alcohol to the party.

These charges are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Arlington Police Department.

The prosecutor assigned to this case is Assistant District Attorney Christopher Minue. The Victim Witness Advocate is Kaitlyn Mabee.

Past Coverage 

  • Annie LaCourt Arraignment Postponed
  • Former Arlington Selectman Facing Possible Charges for Underage Drinking Party
saul glick December 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Wind Dummy: I could care less.
Wind Dummy 25 December 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I'm Hip...Saul
Tim December 23, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Looks like there isn't going to be another back door deal with Freddy this time..... Maybe she should spend some time at the Spaulding Rehab hospital or New England Rehab with victims of drunk drivers,,,, Again Mr and Mrs LaCourt are Menaces to the town,
Wind Dummy 25 December 23, 2012 at 03:24 AM
She does have a Moe Howard haircut>>>Cool, Maybe she's just misunderstood?
Hieronymous Cock December 23, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Only Annie's husband has to wake up next to Annie. Please give them a break.
Popsicle toes December 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Saul, don't be so ignorant. Now I'm not condoning these two, but my head is not buried in the sand either. Saul, high school kids drinking is not a new phenomenon, can we at least agree on that? So, if kids are going to find a way to drink ( which they have for decades ) how, where, and when are they doing it? Well in the winter I know what we did 30 years ago, and I'm pretty sure kids have the same mindset we had. You look for a place indoors, and away from the cops. I'm no bleeding heart liberal Saul, but ya I would much rather have my kids safe in my home, rather than being kicked out of where ever they were hanging out, and getting into a car DRUNK!!! Oh, and most cars have heat, don't they Saul?
saul glick December 23, 2012 at 02:09 PM
So pop toes, you are saying, that you would let your underage kids drink in your own home, with you there? Are you also saying you would let their underage friends drink in your home also?
Popsicle toes December 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Yes, only with me there! And any kid who wanted to enter my home would empty their pockets to me, and phone their parents so I can talk to them, and tell them what's going on. What's your solution, just say no? Didn't work for Nancy Regan, or do you just stick your head in the sand, and pray they don't get into a car? Better yet you can sack out, and be politically correct, and bash me as a parent, but that way is how kids die. Saul, all high school students are under age. Did you drink in high school? I did, and almost everyone I knew did. So, if kids are going to drink, which scenario will keep them safer, one in which an adult can be in control, or the old " not my kid, he/she would never do that ".
saul glick December 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Have you ever tried punishing your child? Have you ever just said "no" to your child? Have you ever taken away their cell phone? (god forbid?) Have you ever taken away driving privelidges? Do you have any rules for your child? i doubt it. If i got a call from you, about my child entering your home to drink, i would show up with the cops. But i assure you, my children wouldn't be associated with your children. I would have a serious problem with another parent allowing my child to drink at another parents home. i do not agree with "all kids do it" Your kids may do it, but your kid would not be a friend of my kids, because my kids don't do it, and they are very well respected kids in the town they live in. there is no pressure on them to do what the other kids are doing. You are absolutley, dead wrong, allowing your child to do it. You are as immature as the child is. And I don't know the Nancy Regan story. Or who she is.
Popsicle toes December 23, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I never said all kids do it. I can answer yes to every one of your punishment questions too. Saul, do you think all the parents of kids who were involved in alcohol related deaths never punished their kids? Unless your kids stay in every night then you really don't know what they are doing. But if you feel better being one of those " not my kids " parent then so be it, I prefer to live in the real world, and try and confront real problems with my head above the sand. BTW, I know of a situation that happened years ago, a kid showed up at a FREINDS house already drunk. The parents of the friend called the drunk kids parents, and informed them their kid was already drunk, but now safe in their home with his keys taken away from him. The drunk kids parents picked up the kid, then called the cops, and sued the parents who had kept him safe from a potentially lethal situation. Is that something you would have done Saul? Not me , I would have thanked the parents for making the "hard" but right decision, that would have kept my kid safe!
Stephen December 23, 2012 at 07:00 PM
@Popsicle Toes, What you propose, adults providing alcohol or the place for children to imbibe, is illegal for good reason. Hosting under aged drinking leads to more deaths and injuries, that's why it is illegal. While you might be confused about what is acceptable and what is not, the law is quite clear. Hosting laws exist to protect children. LaCourt knowingly broke this law repeatedly, she deserves the full punishment available under the law. She's lucky no child was killed because of her actions.
saul glick December 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Trying to justify drinking in your home with children, is a poor excuse for not being able to parent your children. Try telling your children, that "you" tell them what to do, and "they" don't tell you what to do. Saying they are going to do it anyway is pretty bad.
Popsicle toes December 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Listen, both of you have the law on your side, no argument there. I said I don't condone what LaCourt did, having 30 to 50 kids over is foolish. This is fact, there are several kids at hang outs all over town. This may come as a shock, but they ARE DRINKING ALCOHOL, neither one of you offer a solution to the problem. Steve your going to have to show me some stats on your point, where are you getting those figures. Saul are you going to tell me that every parent who has told a kid NO, is going to say that was that! End of problem? Kids are rebellious, they don't always listen, even good kids like mine. I don't have the time or means to be with them 24/7 so I try to teach them to be responsible in all aspects of their life. Saul, did you drink or do drugs in high school, and you didn't answer my last question, what would you have done if that drunk kid came. In your house? Put him back in his car, because you might get sued?
Stephen December 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM
@Popsicle Toes, Normally, I don't take requests, but really, you shouldn't expouse such a tenuous position. Here is but one out if dozens of studies that show, social hosting laws decrease drunk driving accidents in 18-20yo, this study suggests by 9%. Read it yourself: http://www.angeladills.com/JHE_march2010.pdf The study totally rebuts your argument that teens are safer drinking in an adult supervised setting. See Popsicle, LaCourt and her apologists are not just doing something illegal, they ate doing something stupid and selfish.
saul glick December 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Pop toes: Well, it did happen once, and my wife drove the kid home herself. My kids were horrified, and embarassed. I ran into the kids a few times, he apologized to me and he is now a graduate and a productive member of society. It was quite a night. A lesson learned. I am finished. Merry Christmas to you all.
Popsicle toes December 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Am I missing something? These laws DECREASE drunk driving, not increase? If any adult allows a kid who has been drinking to leave their residence on their own, they deserve to be prosecuted. Kids drink, and make mistakes, adults do too. I would rather have them in my sight, than up the Lama's, or the high school, or Hill's hill, then getting in a car going to the next spot. To deny that is happening widespread, is to stick your head in the sand. Kids also think they're indestructible, and no matter how much you talk to them, and teach them, they still get in that car. That's it for me, Happy Holidays to all, hope they are safe too!
Patti S. December 24, 2012 at 05:44 AM
IT'S AGAINST THE LAW....AND THE LAWS ARE MADE FOR EVERYONE...WITH NO EXCEPTION ...EVEN THEM !!!
Wind Dummy 25 December 24, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Especially them
Wind Dummy 25 December 25, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Sheltered coddled children maybe BB. They made their decisions. Hypocrites? If it was you me or anyone else well>>> They will have plenty of opportunity to explain. "The people vs Lacourt & Burstein" Some have to learn the hard way.
Jerry December 26, 2012 at 03:11 PM
This couple laughed at the same laws the rest of us have to abide by and are finally getting what's coming to them. I heard she called the police to get rid of all the media around her house when this story broke. Typical liberal.
Frank December 28, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I hope they are sued by the families of the kids
Pete N December 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The amount of liberal pot heads and freeloaders are the reason Jonny boy.
John December 30, 2012 at 04:26 PM
yes pete, that's right. The GOP is a minority, and it's all the liberals fault.
saul glick December 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Frank. From what I hear, many of the kiddies parents are politically connected, to the Chatham St people. And their parents, like the charged parents, believe that they should allow underage, teenage drinking, in their house, under their supervision. But i hope what you say, happens.
Pete N December 30, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Politically connected shouldn't make the laws not apply to them.
Kelly January 23, 2013 at 05:38 PM
This should be interesting
Wind Dummy 25 January 23, 2013 at 06:58 PM
These kids rapidly consume huge quantities of alcohol at these parties because their goal is to get hammered. Anyone who thinks they can control that kind of behavior is crazy. Lesson not learned the first time.This should be very interesting.
Kelly January 23, 2013 at 08:19 PM
She should go to Spalding Rehab and see some 18 year olds learning to speak and walk again.
Tim January 23, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Kelly , that wouldnt phase her one bit .... She is so self centered she would claim that the kid deserved to get hot because he voted for Romney ...
Jetson March 09, 2013 at 05:03 PM
What happened to this story?

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