A Medford police officer responding to a noise complaint found 150 teens at a house party where there was evidence of drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana in the 300 block of Murphy Road on New Year's Eve. (Clarification: The details of the evidence found at the party have been clarified in this story.)
Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said that when an officer went to check out a complaint about a loud party at 10:55 p.m. Monday, he saw about 50 juveniles running from the house, climbing over fences and going through neighboring yards.
The revelers had covered the glass in the front door with black plastic, and when two officers finally went inside the home they found about 100 additional young people hiding throughout the residence, Budreau said.
Once inside officers observed evidence of alcohol consumption and marijuana use. An 18-year-old woman who lives at the home finally came out and told police that she and her brother were hosting the party.
Blair Ellen Shanklin-Rice, 18, was cited on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Additionally, her brother Nicholas Robert Shanklin, 20, was cited and released on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Only five of the crowd of minors who ranged in age from 16 to 20 were cited as being minors in possession of alcohol, as officers spent most of their time and energy getting the teens released to responsible adults, said Budreau.
"It's good that they were caught at 10. Who's to say what would have happened at 1 a.m.? It could be a recipe for disaster," Budreau said.
A significant amount of alcohol was seized as well as some marijuana, he said.
"Minors in fatal car accidents or sexual assault involving minors can often be traced back to some incident involving alcohol," Budreau said.
"Kids that are that young don't know how alcohol is going to affect their system."
In a press release Medford police reminded people that state law prohibits not only providing alcohol to a minor, but also providing a place for minors to consume alcohol. Repeated offenses can land an adult in jail as the crime carries a mandatory penalty of at least 30 days imprisonment for the third conviction.
— Mandy Valencia