Police shut down shot house

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 5, 2002

News Editor

A Troy woman was arrested late Friday evening and charged with allegedly running what the police department calls a "shot house," a term for selling alcohol without a license.

According to information released by Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, Rosa Lee Hawthorne, 66, of Three Notch Street, Troy was arrested around 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, and

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charged with sale of alcohol without a license. According to police reports, the police department had received several complaints about an alleged shot house being operated at Hawthorne’s residence.

Hawthorne’s arrest was the result of the execution of a search warrant at her residence, during which officers from the Troy Police Department, working in conjunction with the Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC), found several cases of beer, along with several bottles of gin, vodka, brandy and moonshine. According to a police department spokesperson, there were several other people at the residence at the time the warrant was executed and it appeared that the residence had been set up as a place of conducting business.

Officers from the ABC board also took part in the execution of the warrant.

Hawthorne was released on bond and the matter is still under investigation.

A statement released by the Troy Police Department, Chief Everage said the department is working to shut down such operations as the one found Friday. If anyone has information about anyone who may be running an illegal operation involving the illegal sale of alcohol, they are asked to call the Troy Police Department at 566-0500 or the secret witness line at 566-5555.