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Illegal party cut short--Ulster County.

While patrolling Kenneth L. Wilson Campground, Forest Ranger Marie Ellenbogen came upon a group of 24 young campers, only one of which was old enough to possess alcoholic beverages. Ranger Ellenbogen told her to keep such beverages in her vehicle, and that Lieutenant Stephen Scherry would be patrolling later that night. When It. Scherry reached the campsite, two intoxicated young women staggered in his direction. After identifying himself, he summoned all campers together and had them place the alcoholic beverages in front of their campsite. In all, there were 152 unopened cans of beer and two bottles of vodka. The forest ranger asked for photo IDs and questioned everyone. Lt. Scherry could not prove the 21-year-old provided the alcohol, but he emphasized the seriousness of such an offense. Nine underage campers who drank were fined 5125 each. Before the group left the next morning, the 21-year-old wanted the confiscated beverages returned; her request was denied.

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Title Annotation:On Patrol: Real stories from Conservation Officers and Forest Rangers in the field
Publication:New York State Conservationist
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Aug 1, 2013
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