Charges follow underage drinking party

BellefontainePolice Patch

Four people, including three juveniles, were charged following a loud noise complaint from a neighbor in the area of Heritage Drive.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department were dispatched to 817 Heritage Drive, Apt. 61, about 12:30 a.m. today on a report of loud music and loud voices coming from that residence.

Upon arrival, responding officers report hearing loud music from inside the apartment.

After knocking at the door, officers indicate hearing footsteps approach, the music turn off and a female occupant exclaim, “(expletive) it’s the cops.”

Michael Castle, 38, of 817 Heritage Drive, Apt. 61, answered the door and was identified as the tenant.

He showed visible signs of heavy intoxication, police report and initially denied having anyone else at the apartment.

He later claimed his son and nephew were asleep in rear bedrooms, but denied a female was there.

Officers called for the juveniles to exit the bedrooms and two males identified as the suspect’s son, Nathan Castle, 17, and his nephew, Gage Castle, 17, emerged from rear bedrooms, heavily intoxicated and unsteady on their feet.

Officers searched the apartment and found Destiny Davis, 16, hiding in a closet.

While speaking with officers, Nathan was uncooperative, cursing at and berating officers.

He was charged with persistent disorderly conduct and underage consumption, and was lodged in Logan County Juvenile Detention Center.

The adult Castle was charged with three counts of endangering children, two counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor and a contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Gage and Destiny each was charged with underage consumption and released to their guardians.