New Year’s Eve party at ‘the Cove’ results in several sent to hospital

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Morgan County Sheriff’s Office along with several assisting agencies busted a New Year’s Eve party hosting underage teen drinking and drug use in the early hours of New Year’s Day, but several needed medical attention. 

Capt. Mike Wren with MCSO shared the details with WATE 6 On Your Side and how the woods party could have been way worse if not for law enforcement and first responder intervention. 

Wren said at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2019, the Morgan County 911 dispatch center received a call that had been transferred from Anderson County, with an anonymous report of a large number of teenagers drinking and using drugs at a remote property in “the Cove”  – a community near Oliver Springs just inside the Morgan County line.

MCSO deputies along with Sheriff Wayne Potter responded immediately to the 1000 block of Cove Lane. 

As the first deputies arrived at the party, 15-20 people scattered into the woods nearby and another 25-30 people were found in an open structure on the property. 

“Officers immediately noticed that the majority of the them were impaired and that there were numerous containers of alcohol also in the structure,” MCSO’s press release states. “Four individuals were immediately transported by ambulance to the hospital. Included was a 14-year-old female who was unconscious, and a 16-year-old male who was in physical distress.”

It is not clear if the persons needing medical attention were incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs (or a combination of both), nor what kind of drugs were found at the party.  

Over the next several hours, MCSO deputies found and detained 30 people – including 15 juveniles – to the sheriff’s office for interviews. 

It is not clear if parents were immediately notified prior to the interviews with the juveniles. No word yet on what information resulted from those interviews but MCSO saying the investigation is ongoing and they anticipate charges to be filed within the next few days.

“We are very fortunate that we were able to get there in time to get medical attention to those in need and stop the party before it got any worse,” said Sheriff Potter. “We responded to more than 35 calls for service New Year’s Eve and early into New Year’s Day. We made several arrests and seized a large quantity of drugs and alcohol during that time. What began as a successful effort turned bittersweet when some of our kids ended up in the hospital. Alcohol, drugs and teenagers can be a deadly combination and with the help of concerned citizens we will do everything we can to stop this dangerous activity in the future.”

The people transported via ambulance are reportedly in stable condition, “but still have a way to go,” according to MCSO. 

MCSO telling WATE 6 On Your Side they could not answer any further questions pending the ongoing investigation. 

Other agencies that assisted in the incident were: 

Morgan County EMS
Morgan County E-911
Morgan County Rescue Squad
Coalfield Fire Department
Oliver Springs Police Department and Fire Department
Wartburg Police Department
Anderson County

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