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Former Arlington Selectman Facing Possible Charges for Underage Drinking Party

Police will decide on Monday what charges or complaints, if any, will be brought against Annie LaCourt and her husband.

Former Arlington selectman Annie LaCourt was allegedly caught Friday night having another underage drinking party at her Chatham Street home.

LaCourt, who did not seek reelection in April after seven years on the board, and husband Mark Burstein are facing possible misdemeanor charges, according to Arlington Police Capt. Richard Flynn, after 33 teens, 21 of whom were allegedly intoxicated, were found partying at their house while they were home.

Police will decide on Monday what charges or complaints, if any, will be brought against LaCourt and Burstein, Flynn said.

“Our primary concern on Friday was to make sure all of the kids got home safe,” he said.

The teens who tested positive for alcohol at the scene are also subject to possible action, according to Flynn.

Police responded to the residence after an officer on patrol spotted a teen, who appeared to be drunk, urinating on the neighboring Stratton School grounds, according to a WCVB report. Police had the teens get picked up by their parents, according to the report. Most of the them were 17.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan told the news station Saturday that charges were pending their investigation but were “likely” due to the fact that officers have responded to “similar incidents” at the residence in the past.

In June 2009, police responded to a smaller party at the residence, but LaCourt and Burstein were cleared of any wrongdoing.

In addition to her former role as a selectman, LaCourt is a current Arlington Town Meeting member from Precinct 15.

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This article was first published at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and has since been rewritten with updated information.

Correction: Mark Burstein's name was spelled incorrectly in the initial version of this report.

DonnaD October 22, 2012 at 06:37 PM
This is not exactly my definition of "safe." There have been two house parties in recent memory (I think one in Andover and one in Plainville) where children who were drinking later died--whether from exposure, drowning or alcohol poisoning I don't recall. Unless you have guards at the door to prevent people from leaving until they are sober, you can't say that a house party is safe.
John B October 22, 2012 at 10:50 PM
And by this logic, since you were the treasurer for a politician whose kid got arrested for underage drinking, you are guilty and should get out of local politics.
John B October 24, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Leanne - you're supposed to call him "Saul", not "Stephen"
Diane October 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Joe, I applaud you for voicing the unpopular version. However, once this started to involve the minor children of others, it was no longer a PRIVATE matter between the owners and the police. This is outragious and they should be punished to the full extent of the law. IMHO.
m trigg November 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
yea another thing everytime someone gets arrested and a iccedent happens it in the paper all the arrest reports so suck it dont do anything bad if you dont want to be talked about especially when you are held to such hi account being in the position of authority that you think your in i hope she goes to jail and pays a fine what would have happend if someone would of died i know if it happend to a regular person they would be in prison and all over the news

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