Underage drinking party in Oak Park sent juvenile to hospital

Rumors of party spread quickly on Facebook

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

A female juvenile landed in the hospital and another juvenile was cited for possession of alcohol after an underage drinking party got out of hand earlier this month.

Oak Park police officers responded to a call at a residence on the 200 block of S. Lombard Ave. on March 5 to find a young woman who seemed to be unconscious, presumably from alcohol consumption. The juvenile was treated at a local hospital and has since been released.

Rumors about the party spread quickly in the community via Facebook and other social media. An early inquiry by Wednesday Journal about the event was rebuffed by the police department as the incident was cited as being "under investigation."

At a forum last Monday about drug and alcohol use in the middle schools, a parent asked a police official about the Lombard drinking party. The official, Commander Keenan Williams, told the parents the department did not report drinking parties to the media. On further inquiry from the Journal, such events will now be routinely included in police reports made available to the media.

Deputy Chief Anthony Ambrose said on Friday that parents were present at the residence where "multiple underage males and females" gathered for the party. "There was some evidence of alcohol, beer, specifically, scattered about the area," said Commander LaDon Reynolds. Ambrose said the parents knew about and allowed the party to occur, but were unaware of any alcohol use. "Kids ultimately came to the party and snuck the alcohol in. So it was without the knowledge of the parents and the parents certainly didn't condone it," he said. No adults were cited in relation to the incident.

Ambrose did not specify the ages of the individuals, and said the department is particularly careful about disclosing identifying information in cases dealing with juveniles. "Especially when we're dealing with kids, we have to be careful on the identity. It was a medical emergency in which we responded," he said.

Ambrose said the case is currently closed.

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Jack from Oak Park  

Posted: April 27th, 2011 8:13 PM

This information is not correct. The beer was bought by the uncle of the girl who was throwing the party. This not the first party this girl has had! Not only was there beer, but there was also pot. These kids are 7th and 8th graders...Great job OPPD!

Jimmy  

Posted: March 31st, 2011 7:52 PM

Sounds like they would have had a fun night if this idiot girl didn't ruin it for everyone.

Southside from Oak Park  

Posted: March 31st, 2011 7:59 AM

So the parents knew about and allowed the party, and the police found evidence of alcohol (beer specifically, scattered about the area). Yet, the parents were not cited and the case is closed. The parents and the police should be ashamed of their inactions.

are you kidding me? from Oak Park  

Posted: March 30th, 2011 12:37 PM

How could the parents not be cited for allowing underage drinking? They were home, they should have checked on what these CHILDREN were up to in their house! If the police cited the parents, maybe that would be the lesson, wakeup call, or action needed to make kids think twice before drinking alcohol and make a parent more apt to check up on their children and their actions.

Ray  

Posted: March 30th, 2011 10:57 AM

Check out the Neighborhood Coffees program by the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Great program and valuable info on the site.

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