Montco man charged over beer-fueled Sweet 16 party

Posted: April 18, 2014

A Montgomery County man is facing charges over serving alcohol at his daughter's Sweet 16 party at his home last month, authorities said.

Whitemarsh Township police arrived at Arthur Blumenthal's house about 10:30 p.m. March 21 and found an underage boy lying in the grass and vomiting, county District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Police Chief Michael Beaty said.

The teen was hospitalized and treated for an alcohol overdose.

In the basement of the home, officers found more than 60 minors, and a large amount of beer and empty cans.

The juveniles were cited for underage drinking and released to their parents or guardians.

In a statement Wednesday, the prosecutor and chief said a summons had been issued for Blumenthal for corruption of minors, recklessly endangering another person, and furnishing alcohol to minors.

Blumenthal was at his Woodruff Road home at the time of the party, which was a celebration for his daughter's 16th birthday, said Assistant District Attorney Gabriel C. Magee, who is prosecuting the case.

Blumenthal, 59, declined to comment when reached Wednesday. For the last three summers, Blumenthal has operated Carly's Cafe at the Ply-Mar Swim and Tennis Club in Plymouth Meeting, according to the club's annual newsletters.

A preliminary hearing in his case is set for May 7 before District Judge Deborah Lukens.


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