Pageant queen, 13 others cited for possessing alcohol

news@fortmilltimes.comJuly 15, 2013 

— Avery Springs Close was among 14 teens and young adults cited by deputies for allegedly being in illegal possession of alcohol at a party they busted in Fort Mill at about 2 a.m. Thursday, according to a York County Sheriff’s Office report.

Those cited ranged in age from 17 to 20. Most are from Fort Mill, but addresses listed in the report include Charlotte and two in Ohio. The alleged party was being held at 3203 Farmcrest Drive, Fort Mill, according to the report.

The deputy wrote in the report that, “while on patrol in Fort Mill, SC, I observed what appeared to be a party at the address of 3203 Farmcrest Dr. Upon approaching the residence on foot, Deputies could smell a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana. Upon making it to the house, deputies contacted three individuals that were outside. Deputies then began attempting to contact the people inside the residence. Deputies observed large amounts of alcoholic beverages throughout the house, and could see individuals through the blinds of a window.

“While knocking and announcing, it was discovered that the front door was unlocked. Deputies opened the door, and again announced our presence with no response. Deputies then made entry into the residence to check the well being of the whoever was not responding. Deputies discovered multiple people huddled in one of the bedrooms, and bathroom. The occupants were then escorted outside for further investigation. The suspects listed in the report were found to have been consuming alcohol and charged with Minor in possession of Alcohol, the parents contacted.”

The others cited were: Neil Wilson Walker, 19; Jonathan Micah Thomas Maddox, 19; Devin Shawn Haffenden, 19; Zachary Thomasson, 20; Jabri Wright, 17; Blake Kaufram, 18; Elizabeth Jordan Domer, 18; James Ryan Benfield, 20; Alioune Baidy Sow, 20; Patrick Raynard McDowell II, 20; Coty Ryan Benton, 18; Owen Jacob Grimme, 19; and Ricky Liu, 20.

Close, 18, the granddaughter of textile heiress and adventurer Anne Springs Close, was the winner of the 2010 S.C. Strawberry Festival Pageant in the Teen Division and a graduate of Nation Ford High School. She was also Miss South Carolina International 2011 and Miss Teen South Carolina International 2011, according to her blog on and other sources.

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