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LaCourt, Husband Charged in Connection with Friday’s Underage Drinking Party

Police announced the charges Monday afternoon.

Former Arlington selectman Annie LaCourt and her husband, Mark Burstein, have been charged with furnishing alcohol to a person under 21 (33 counts each) and contributing to a delinquency of a minor (three counts each), according to an Arlington Police press release Monday afternoon.

LaCourt and Burstein were allegedly caught Friday night having another underage drinking party at their Chatham Street residence, while they were home.

Police said they found 33 teenagers at the house, 21 of whom were allegedly intoxicated. Most of them were 17, police said.

In June 2009, police responded to a smaller party at the residence, while LaCourt, then a selectman, was home; however, she was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

LaCourt did not seek reelection in April after seven years on the board. She’s still a current Town Meeting member from Precinct 15.

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The following is the Arlington Police Department press release.

Arlington Police Interrupt House Party Homeowners to Be Criminally Charged

ARLINGTON - On the evening of Friday October 19, 2012 members of the Arlington Police Department discovered a party at the home of 48 Chatham Street in Arlington. After several children were witnessed outside of the home and on the grounds on a nearby public school, Officers found they were in possession of and under the influence of alcohol. After an interaction with the children the Officers attention was brought to 48 Chatham Street.

Inside the residence Officers discovered 33 individuals under the age of 21 involved in a house wide party that included loud music and alcohol. Officers quickly secured the scene and began the process of notifying parents and providing medical attention to those in need. Of the 33 children identified, 21 were found to have consumed alcohol in varying concentrations. Also present in the residence at the time of the party were homeowners, Ms. Anne LaCourt and Mr. Mark Burstein.

After several hours all of the involved children were released safely to a parent or guardian. Those underage and found to have consumed alcohol will face criminal charges or be offered participation in the Juvenile Diversion Program, which allows children with no prior criminal record, who commit a minor offense, an opportunity to be diverted from the court system.

Ms. Anne LaCourt and Mr. Mark Burstein who were in control of the house and were home at the time of police arrival, were determined to have knowledge of the presence of alcohol and allowed persons under the age of 21 to possess or have access to alcohol in their home. The law states, “FURNISH” shall mean to knowingly or intentionally Supply, Give, Provide to, or Allow to possess alcoholic beverages on premises or property owned or controlled by the person Charged (M.G.L. c. 138, s. 34).

The Arlington Police Department will seek the following criminal complaints against Mark Burstein and Anne LaCourt:

G.L.c. 138, s. 34 - Furnishing Alcohol to a Person under 21 (33 Counts Each) G.L.c. 119, s. 63 - Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (3 Counts Each)

saul glick October 23, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Well, i am just waiting to see what the next move is. Will it be "I'm bipolar'? Will it be "I'm addicted to painkillers". What excuse for bad decisions, and bad behavior will it be?. My guess is the election pressure got to he/she. The Moonbat playbook is being checked for answers.
Wind Dummy 25 October 23, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Saul I can't wait for this excuse...It should be a dilly!
robert bartholomew October 24, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Fool me once! Fool me twice! Shame on them!
J.longbow October 24, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Wow! Who doesn't know the ramifications nowadays if u do this. Shame on the town if they don't force her out. Nice way to lead by example. Not like they learned the first time they had a party. Obviously she feels nettled. WHAT AN EMBARRASSMENT TO THE TOWN. SHE IS A TOWN OFFICIAL!
J.longbow October 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
That should be entitled, not nettled
Wind Dummy 25 October 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I like both JL, nice flow... I believe according to the blurb, this person is no longer on the board. A long trip through the courts of slap slap for Shemp and Lucy are appropriate. I love a party myself but??? All these people were lucky, very lucky no one was involved in something more intense. Will that spare them? It shouldn't. I feel for the neighbors, what crap they probably had to go through with Mr & Mrs Ego living on the block. The folks that let her slide last time should be "err" interviewed, then put on notice. They should all be on the antacids by now.
Hector Cruz October 24, 2012 at 05:15 AM
How many times have we heard Alcohol Annie preach about her morals and values? Her blind support of the School Committee and the disgraced former Supt. Levenson and the incompetent Bodie. (she was short how many millions?) How many times Did she post about the Ottoson mess and that the 2 fired employees could "not entrusted" with her children? Note to Alcohol Annie, be careful when you host parties in a glass house. Where is the outrage from the parents of the kids at the party? They all must be drinking the kool-aid, while their kids are drinking the booze!!
Wind Dummy 25 October 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Yes HC great points, how soon everyone forgets those wonderful highlights by the Alcohol Annie reign of non sense...The hypocrisy is in waterfall free fall...And good people were subjected to that BS from that person and like minded ilk. How frustrating that must be... What b_lls.
Misty October 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Agree--100%
Misty October 24, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Most of the alcohol/drug problems in this town can be attributed to parents looking the other way...."not my kid" or "I experimented in the 60s or 70s and turned out ok" or "as long as I know where they are". Folks try being your kids "parent" and not their "friend"!
Coco October 24, 2012 at 02:42 PM
She may not be a Selectman anymore but she is still a Town Meeting Member....
Candace Clemens October 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
A responsible parent? Now that is an interesting concept. I did the best I could, and I am sure happy my kids survived that period of "keggers" and other illegal activities that seems to be part of High School life in Arlington. My kids have each grown into responsible, hard working adults. But there were a few bumps along the road. Did anyone read the headline story in the Boston Globe -- about the "cost" of an OUI charge? It averages $10,000. And -- if I had to choose -- I'd rather see the kids kept off the streets and out of cars if they manage to get their hands on some booze. Meanwhile, we're keeping our police and all the members of our VERY EXPENSIVE judicial system employed, and using booze as a great source of income for the state. I'm a far cry from saying Ms. LaCourt and her husband were doing anything good for these kids. However, having struggled with single parenthood and a mega-full-time job while my children made their way through High School, I am so very, very grateful for all the families who acted as extended family while I was working to pay the bills. Thanks, also, to my much loved neighbors, who occasionally spoke to me quietly if they observed anything going on in my house while I was away at work or sleeping. "It takes a Village to raise a child." These kinds of transgressions give us an opportunity to act more village-like -- not as an opportunity to promote a national political agenda.
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 05:29 PM
If she had Bush stickers on her car it would be all over the media. She only had all the moonbat stickers so we can't comment? Shut up
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Agreed
Wind Dummy 25 October 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Coco these person are not on any Arlington tax payer payrolls anymore, right? Town members are not paid I think. If possibly convicted of these misdemeanors, I would think the town would produce the stink eye, or is that up to voters? I know most persons with any dignity left usually bow the ef out to duck the embarrassment issue. It very well may be possible that the town has finally rung the bell at the stupid circus. Lord have mercy... http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2012/05/11/salem-woman-gets-six-months-jail-six-months-house-arrest-for-providing-alcohol-daughter-party/2InVsVtiBXkHVK0dd4zKVM/story.html
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
She should have nothing to do with town government and should go away. This is exactly the type of person Arlington doesn't need.
Laurie October 24, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Wow, Amanda, shut up? Really? You couldn't come up with anything better than that? It proves my point that we can't have a discussion on this site without someone mentioning the word moonbat. It's funny, in a sad, sophomoric kind of way. Socrates is rolling in his grave. I'm a single, full-time working mom myself, as are many of my friends. We work our butts off trying to make sure we know where our kids are and what they are doing. The last thing we need is some parent making it easy for our kids to get loaded in secret. And I love that you are offended by me supposedly saying that you can't comment and then you tell me to "shut up". Both classy and classic.
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Elitist like Annie are what have ruined Arlington.
Laurie October 24, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I kind of like Arlington...actually, I like it a lot. I just don't like people giving booze to minors. Both Democrats and Republicans do stupid things. I think we can all find a million web clippings from both parties that will prove that. I don't care if people have political opinions, you can think or write whatever you want. I just think that if you are going to be insulting, you could at least have the decency to put some time into it. Shut up is just a cop out and so is moonbat. Say something meaningful and give explanations for your opinions. Even if I don't agree with them, I'll respect your right to have them.
Ray B October 31, 2012 at 05:38 PM
This woman is a disgrace
Dean November 01, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Laurie, the reason most people comment as they do...because the MOONBATS ARE THE PEOPLE WITH THE LIBERAL AGENDA. Now who is more likely to throw underage booze bashes? Less transfats please and pass the Budweiser!!!
Laurie November 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Dean, I'd love to see the scientific research you've done on this because I'm sure you wouldn't make that statement based on one particular person. I fit the "moonbat" stereotype, I suppose, and I would never in a million years throw a booze party for kids. Your generalizations do nothing but derail what could be a decent conversation. It would be like me saying Republican men are more likely to gay-bash while secretly carrying on meth-fueled affairs with male hookers. It isn't a fair assessment and I'd be basing it on the evidence of one person's sleazy misbehavior. Of course liberals have a "liberal agenda", just as conservatives have a "conservative agenda", it goes with the territory. See if you can post something on any article here in the Patch without an insult included. You might find that it's nice to have a real debate instead of contributing to the juvenile name-calling.
Ray B November 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Annie the elitist and her loyal minions. Poor Arlingtonn is infested with them now.
John November 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
She should take a trip to Spalding Rehab Hoispital and see the teenage kids learning to speak, eat and move their hands again because of drunk driving accidents. She should get 5000 hours of community service their as part of her sentence.
Old Lady November 02, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I agree with you. Her entire family should be required to to community service at a similar hospital. It has to be at a hospital not a political event.
Wind Dummy 25 November 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Excellent idea John...Community service at the least!! She would probably sue the town and courts though. Waste even more dough...Just an awful situation for all. Arlington gets all this bad embarrassing ink,. This was never the case, is there nothing positive? Why is that? I still like the baggy colorful jump suits working an idiot stick firmly fixed in hands of the perps right in the median of Rts 2 & 128 idea best.
Andrew Jon November 05, 2012 at 04:30 PM
To Candice Clemmons- News flash, your house was THE party house when I was in High school with one of your responsible "young adults". Lets goto Sam and Kims was the phrase you heard every friday. And it wasen just a few beers that went down there. Sex,drugs and booze galore
JK P November 09, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Was Kim an elected offical? Annie was and this isn't her first time being caught.
Dean November 09, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Laurie, why dont you show some class. Amanda has every right to voice her opinion. As stated by most opinions here, Arlington is infested with moonbats! Back to Brookline and Cambridge would be my wish. And by the way, I have plenty OF scientific data to back up my opinion.....Dont need to prove anything,facts are facts!
Laurie November 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Hi Dean,I've done my best to conduct myself with class, and I believe I've done a pretty good job. I'd love some links to your facts, I'm always up for learning a few new things. Or let me know if you'd like to meet at Dunk's someday so you can say these things to my face, maybe we can both learn something. Have a great weekend.

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