BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN
Eleven have been arrested at a Calhoun County bar following an investigation by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.
The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office assisted ABT in the case that occurred Thursday night at the Swampy Tonk Bar on Hwy. 69 North in Blountstown. According to the CCSO, investigators arrived at 10:15 p.m. and took eight subjects in custody for being under the age of 21 and in possession of an alcoholic beverage. Swampy Tonk owner and Altha Town Councilman, Lee Alday, 59, of Altha, along with two bartenders, Jeanette Laurel Wilson, 35, of Blountstown, and David Waldo Anderson, 56, of Altha, have all been charged with selling, giving or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under 21.
The eight underage individuals were arrested with notices to appear in court. Names will be released later today. The owner and employees were booked into the Calhoun County Jail and given conditional releases Friday morning.
Assisting ABT investigators in the case were Sgt. Jared Nichols, Dep. Scotty Norris, Dep. Jody Hoagland, BPD Ofc. Patrick Crawford and Dep. Christian Smith.