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6 Arrested After Fight Inside Moorhead Store

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A party bus drops 24 people off for a bite to eat and to use the restrooms at a gas station in Moorhead, and the mayhem ensues. Six arrests were made Wednesday morning at the Stop 'N' Go off of 30th Avenue South for disorderly conduct and another four were busted for underage drinking. Today Valley News team's Eric Crest talked with law enforcement and the gas station's manager to find out what happened.

In south Moorhead this Stop "N" Go gives the appearance of business as usual. But in the early morning hours things got quite unusual.

"They came in using the bathroom. Bought a couple things. Everyone was getting along. Then all of a sudden something was happening back here by the bathrooms and it just escalated throughout the store," says store manager Cory Hoeper who has since watched the surveillance video.

"For whatever reason they started fighting amongst themselves and inside," adds Lt. Tory Jacobson of the Moorhead Police.

Several shelves and displays were knocked over during the mayhem, mostly in the candy isle.

"It wasn't just a matter of one or a few people punching or wrestling with each other. They knocked shelves and product over," says Lt. Jacobson.

An estimate of damages is still being determined. But the manager here says by the time he made it in Wednesday morning, nothing was out of place.

"My night person handled it exceptionally well. Took care of business just as he's supposed to and trained to do," says Hoeper.

The other folks trained to deal with these situations, the police, say the party bus driver did as they are supposed to. And just because four minors were cited for underage drinking doesn't mean the driver will be held accountable.

"I have no information that there was any alcohol served by the bus company or the driver. This is basically a situation where the driver and transportation is for hire and that's legal," says Lt. Jacobson.

As for the six arrested for disorderly conduct and the other four cited for minor consumption. A night that was supposed to be for celebration, likely won't be remembered as such.

"Most of the time people on party buses are friends and they get along great. There's usually never any problems," says Hoeper.

We reached out to several party bus companies in Fargo to find out what their policy is for minors on their buses. Most companies don't card unless there is a suspicion of under age drinking. But they added that last night's party bus gone wrong could change their carding policy. Police say someone on that bus may even be charged with supplying to minors.

Original Story...

Moorhead Police needed help from county deputies and Dilworth Police to break a large fight at a convenience store early Wednesday morning.

The say a party bus stopped at the Stop'n'Go at 1702 30th Avenue South around 12:30 a.m., and that's where the fight started.

Officers found several store shelves and displays knocked down. They used store surveillance video to help identify the parties involved.

Police say 24 people were at the scene and six were arrested for disorderly conduct: 24-year-old Andrew Stevens of Fargo, 22-year-old April Stevens of Moorhead, 35-year-old John Farr of Fargo, 24-year-old Sedne Williams of Fargo, 23-year-old Matthew Caldera of Moorhead and 25-year-old Willie Lampkin of St. Cloud.

Another five were cited -- one for disorderly conduct and four for minor consuming.

No one was hurt, but police say more charges are possible after damages inside the store are tallied.

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