State liquor-control enforcement officers have filed charges against a York man for allegedly illegally selling alcohol at a party more than three months ago.
Wayne A. Scott Jr., 28, was the promoter of a Sept. 7 party in Manchester Township, officials said, and will be charged with selling liquor without a license.
Scott rented Alert Fire Co.'s hall and organized the party, dubbed "Diddy Bash," according to Sgt. Jeffrey Rineer, district office commander of the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
Diddy Bash was a birthday party in honor of York City homicide victim Sharrod Snellings, 18, who was gunned down Jan. 23 at the corner of North Queen and East Philadelphia streets.
Admission was $10, according to a DJ website that touted the event, and half the proceeds were to go to Snellings' son, who was 3 months old when his father was killed.
Warned: The planned event came to the attention of LCE before it happened, and state police warned Scott that because he has no liquor license, it was illegal to make guests pay a cover charge at the door in order to get inside and drink "free" alcohol, Rineer said.
But Scott did it anyway, according to Rineer.
Attorney George Marros said the bash never really got going. Doors opened at 10 p.m., but liquor-control agents shut it down by 10:30 p.m., he said.
"Our position is that he tried to do something good for the family of a murder victim in the community," Marros said. "Someone's going to get charged with a crime for that?"
Marros said he doesn't yet know whether Scott violated any laws.
"If there were violations of the law, we'll handle them as they come," he said.
Marros said LCE agents "got what they came for -- to shut the event down."
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdis patch.com.