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A young man hosted a party at the Alton Park Development Center without a proper permit, which led to several other violations.

Thursday, February 18th 2021, 3:04 PM EST

The Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board fined a business on Thursday that Chattanooga mayoral candidate Dr. Elenora Woods is associated with following testimony about an incident that happened last year.

A young man hosted a party at the Alton Park Development Center without a proper permit, which led to several other violations.

Ladell Careathers threw the party more than a year ago. Woods attended and serves as executive director for the business where the party was held.

Body camera footage shows police showed up at the party and Careathers failed to show a special events permit, which is required.

Police say he was able to show a fire inspection form, which says the capacity should not be more than one hundred people. An officer counted 226 people walking out.

The presence of alcohol containers and a blocked exit resulted in additional violations.

“Officers made entry. They did observe alcohol in the building. There were well over fifty people, it was after midnight,” said Officer John Collins with the Chattanooga Police Department.

City records show Ladell Careathers did turn in his application for an event permit for this February 2020 party, but Officer Collins says it was never finalized.

“We stress several times, you do not have a permit until you pick it up. If you do not have your permit on you at the scene, you do not have a permit,” Collins said.

Careathers could not show the permit when police arrived.

The party was hosted on Alton Park Development’s property, owned by George Calhoun. The executive director with this non-profit is Chattanooga mayoral candidate, Dr. Elenora Woods.

Police say Calhoun and Woods were there that night, Feb. 16, 2020.

Police also say alcohol was on the property that night.

“We were just really thrown off for them to say there was any beer in there because we were doing routine walkarounds,” Dr. Woods said.

Dr. Woods claims she did not see any alcohol. And Careathers says he told people not to bring any to the 21st birthday party and fundraiser for a college student.

“They could only bring in you know like non-alcoholic beverages like soda and water stuff like that,” Careathers said.

According to Officer Collins, Careathers intended for there to be alcohol at the event.

“He did apply for a permit that would allow alcohol. He did get a notarized form saying that they would not sell any alcohol,” Collins said.

Officers’ body cameras show alcohol on the property.

“Where was the beer being sold at?” an officer at the scene asked that night. People at the party responded, “No, people brought their own.”

Careathers was able to show the fire inspection form which says no more than a hundred people were allowed in the space. Body camera footage shows about twice that number of people walking out.

The board unanimously voted to fine both Careathers and the Alton Park Development Corporation $50 each. The development can still get permits for events as long as they do not have another citation within the next year.

Dr. Woods apologized to the board and said it was a lesson learned.

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