Sheriff: Attorney played host to underage drinking party

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Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Randall Barnes

PADUCAH, KY- The last Lone Oak homecoming Friday night and a 54-7 victory over Calloway County was reason to celebrate.

But Sheriff's Deputies say the celebration went too far at the Kimbrell Drive home of Mark Edwards.

 

Edwards declined to comment on the charges.

A neighbor called authorities, complaining of a 'huge party.' Sheriff's deputies arrived a little before one that morning.

Sheriff Jon Hayden says more than a dozen teens were already drinking liquor and beer at the residence.

"Teenagers drinking, it is against the law.  If you break it there are going to be consequences," he said Thursday. 

The homeowner, as it turns out, was well aware of the law.  Mark Edwards is a Paducah attorney.  Edwards now faces a misdemeanor charge of unlawful transaction with a minor 3rd degree.

Edwards is also the voice of a weekly web cast for Lone Oak High School. The school declined to comment on the future of his employment.  A spokesperson said, "It is not a school issue."

The Sheriff says all 13 students on hand were from Lone Oak High School, a combination of  sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

To date, 8 students have been charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. More charges are possible, as some students were seen running off.

Mark Edwards is due in court October 18th.  Assistant County Attorney Todd Jones says it is likely what is known as a 'conflict attorney' will be on hand to handle the case.  That attorney will be from another county, someone who is not a familiar with Edwards.

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