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BE man faces charges of furnishing alcohol to minors

By Staff | Apr 25, 2011

A complaint of loud music has resulted in a 19-year-old Blue Earth man facing several charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Jarod Ray Hummer has been charged with nine gross misdemeanor counts of furnishing alcohol to persons under age 21.

On Monday, Hummer appeared in Faribault County District Court with his attorney Darci Bentz.

Bail was set at $30,000 without conditions, $15,000 with conditions or $1,500 cash.

He faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine for each charge.

According to a court complaint, Blue Earth police responded to a telephone call around 1:30 a.m. on April 3 that there was a loud party at West First Street.

When officers arrived they saw several people standing outside an apartment, says the complaint.

Officer Todd Purvis reportedly talked with two juvenile females, ages 14 and 15, at the bottom of some stairs.

One of the girls told Purvis she had been drinking and that there were more underage people also drinking upstairs.

Court papers say no one answered the door when Purvis knocked, although the music was turned off.

Another officer remained at the scene while Purvis left to obtain a search warrant.

Once inside, officers identified 10 underage people. Only one was found not to be consuming alcohol.

When authorities searched the apartment they found 17 bottles of liquor and six pipes for smoking marijuana.

Also recovered were five capsules with unknown white powder which were sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.

If Hummer posts bail, he must abstain from possession or consumption of alcohol and mood-altering drugs not prescribed by a physician, and must submit to random testing.

He also must remain in contact with his attorney and notify the court of any change in address.