Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Ten juveniles and six adults were arrested when state law enforcement and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office raided an after-prom drinking party in Minford last weekend.
According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, the party was located at the corner of State Route 335 and Blake Hollow in Minford, taking place shortly after midnight on Sunday, May 5.
“Our agency received information regarding a large party that was going to take place involving the underage consumption of alcohol,” said Eric Wolf, the agent in charge of investigation for the Ohio Investigative Unit. “We found the party and observed what was taking place there and identified what appeared to be several underage individuals — persons under 21 years of age consuming alcohol.”
He could not estimate how many people were at the party, but called it “a good-sized party” and said most of the activity was happening outside the residence.
“With the number of individuals at this party, the Ohio Investigative Unit requested the assistance and the (Scioto County) Sheriff’s Office responded to assist,” Wolf said.
Arrested was Kristi Clark, age 42, and 15 others age 18-and-under. Wolf would not comment if Clark was hosting the party, or if she was the homeowner. All he could say was that she was there.
“She was there, and she was arrested for allowing persons under 21 to consume beer and consume intoxicating liquor,” Wolf said.
Wolf also did not know how many of the underage party-goers were students. Five of them were age 18, and two have been positively identified as seniors at Minford High School. Their names, along with the rest of the underage suspects, will not be released.
“One of the messages we have here at the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Investigative Unit is that ‘parents who host, lose the most.’ It’s an effort to encourage parents not to provide alcohol to their children’s friends,” Wolf said.
He explained that under Ohio law there are four exemptions to the underage drinking law: 1) parents can legally provide alcohol to their own children, but not to others; 2) if married, a spouse of legal drinking age can provide alcohol; 3) a doctor can prescribe alcohol as part of a medication; and 4) alcohol can be given as part of a recognized religious ceremony.
All 16 were issued a summons at the scene and were not taken to jail, but it is still considered an arrest, Wolf said. The underage suspects were released into the custody of their parents or guardians. They are each are charged with underage consumption of alcohol, which Wolf said is first-degree misdemeanor. Those age 18 and older will be processed through the criminal court system, and the 10 underage suspects will be processed through the juvenile system.
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