Twenty-four-year-old Josh Walls, a former Walker High football player and current volunteer coach at Cordova, was processed at the Walker County Jail Tuesday and was bonded out a short time later, according to Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe.
The charge of hosting an illegal house party stemmed from a late-night party Friday at 611 5th Street in Jasper. Police estimated as many as 200 people, mostly between the ages of 15 and 20, were at the party. Police reported finding a large amount of alcohol inside the home and said many of the minors at the scene were intoxicated. Rowe said Twitter updates uncovered during the investigation into the incident showed students from several area high schools were at the party.
Initially, two adults were arrested in connection with the party. Andrew Quiroga, 21, of Jasper and William Payne, 25, of Jasper were taken into custody and charged with hosting an open house party and public intoxication. Quiroga was also a volunteer assistant coach at Cordova.
Walls fled from the home when police arrived around 11:15 p.m. Friday. A Jasper police officer who lives near the home where the party took place was able to identify Walls as he left the scene, Walker County Board of Education Superintendent Jason Adkins said.
“This person was a volunteer coach and was not officially employed by the Walker County Board of Education,” Adkins said. “Both of the volunteer coaches were immediately relieved of their duties and instructed not to return to the campus of Cordova High School.
“We will not tolerate behavior such as this from those employed by or associated with the Walker County School System,” Adkins added.
The Walker County Board of Education has called a special meeting for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss any other findings from the incident that may arise, including identifying any other personnel that may have been present.
“We will discuss as a collective board what action should be taken for those involved,” Adkins said.