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(Posted 6:30 a.m., March 14)
Charges laid after police raid all ages party at Orléans Bowling Centre
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Three youth are facing 22 criminal and drug charges charges in connection with an all ages March Break party at the Orléans Bowling Centre in the Taylor Creek Business Park on Monday.

More than 6,000 people were invited to the all ages event through word of mouth and social media, although slightly more than 200 people showed up.

After getting tipped off about the party the Ottawa Police assigned several undercover officers to the event. They road a shuttle bus to the venue and then monitored the proceedings before calling in back-up including members of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.

Police seized 25 cans of beer, seceral 40-ounce containers of vodka, rum and gin, 15 grams of marijuana, MDMA also known as Ecstasy, and four grams of heroin at the scene.

Besides the three youth charged with criminal and drug charges, 17 others face alcohol and trespassing offences. Another 20 youth were issued warnings. Dozens of parents were also called to pick up their kids.

According to media reports the Bowling Centre owners ooperated with the police and won't be facing charges.

Co-owner Jonathan Piche told the Ottawa Sun that the party was “more like a dance party for kids,” and shied away from calling it a rave because of the drug connotations.

About 90 per cent of the partiers were underage -- “nice and fun people,” he said, though he conceded he’d be unlikely to host a similar event after all of the drama.

“We are family oriented and we want to keep that image,” said Piche.

Event organizer Matt Michaud said the aim of the party was to give local kids an opportunity to have fun during the March Break at an all ages event, something that is very rare in Orléans.

Despite the raid, Michaud says he intends to organize another all ages event in the future, although he willl likely hire uniformed police officers to beef up ssecurity and insure it goes off without a hitch.

“We can apply what we learned for future events,” he said.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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