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Wausau police issue first social host citation

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A 23 year old Wausau man is cited under the city's new social host ordinance.

Police say Andy Buttke was hosting a underage drinking party on New Year's Eve when police broke it up. Police cited a number of underage drinkers at a party, and then cited the owner of the property for social host. Lieutenant Ben Bliven says it's helpful to be able to have that option. “In the past if no one wanted to point fingers your hands were tied.”

Bliven says Buttke told arriving officers at the scene that “didn't want to be 'that guy'” to card people for drinking. He says that's the perfect time for the ordinance. “Really, anyone who is in charge of a location should be responsible.”

He'll be in for his initial appearance with the city municipal court January 24th at Wausau City Hall.

The ordinance holds party hosts responsible even if they are not physically at the event. It is geared toward parents who host underage drinking parties at their home, cabin or even a hotel room.

Two counties and nine other cities or villages in Wisconsin have passed the ordinance. Kenosha police have cited 13 people under the ordinance since it took effect there in May.

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