Oak Park cops investigate teen drinking party

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department is investigating a March 30 underage drinking party in which a group of teenagers allegedly gathered in a house without permission of the homeowners, who were away at the time.

Police were tipped off to the party after someone reported a disturbance in an alley behind a home in the 700 block of South East Avenue. Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds said that officers did not find anyone outside when they arrived on the scene at about 10:45 p.m., but did find a rear door of a nearby residence ajar. A premises check of the residence turned up evidence of a drinking party, including multiple beer cans. The house was found empty at the time of the search.

Police contacted the homeowner, who was out for the evening and had not given anyone permission to be inside the house.

Several hours later, at close to 2 a.m., another disturbance report brought police back to the area, and two juveniles were discovered outside the residence.

Police questioned the individuals, who admitted to having been inside the home for an underage drinking party.

"It appears that they were given a key by one of the residents," said Reynolds.

He also said that police were able to discover the names of several other juveniles who had been at the party.

The two juveniles were cited for curfew violation, and Reynolds said that the investigation is ongoing.

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J.oak park  

Posted: April 14th, 2011 10:16 AM

@rob. you have a problem with police investigating anything off of school grounds? That is what the village police do, they work for the whole of the community, not the schools. I get you not wanting the schools to know what you do at home. Just a bit of a clue for you... what you do at home often gets around the school from people you know, not from the police. Your reputation is in your hands, not the police or teachers and school admin.

It doesn't Matter!  

Posted: April 14th, 2011 8:17 AM

WE GO HARD!i dont get how aduts can act like they didnt party when they were younger. Sit back and relax your kids will be ok....


Posted: April 8th, 2011 9:04 PM

This behavior already is chronic. What is wrong with alerting parents that their homes are being used for underage drinking parties when they are not home?

Rob from Oak Park  

Posted: April 8th, 2011 12:14 PM

I hav a very big problem, with the police or school officals going to far as far as there investagation into anything happening outside of school grounds. It's hard enough raising children with other parents only partially doing there part. But, taking my home life and exposing it to, the school educators. Will only, place a label on them. As, children that need supervision in and out of school. This is another way, to use presious man power on overtime and non-senes!!

Irritated in RF  

Posted: April 8th, 2011 11:48 AM

So, 2 boys get found past curfew, they spill the names of over 20 other kids "allegedly" at the party (not even clear if there was an actual party), which the OP Police hands over to OPRFHS. Now, kids are being interviewed by the school about something they were not even present for. Sounds stupid to me. I am in no way condoning underage drinking and myself have been irritated by loud kids in my alley or littering beer cans on my lawn - but this story/investigation has seemed to go askew.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: April 7th, 2011 2:31 PM

This sounds like a Bud light commercial,..."HERE WE GO!"


Posted: April 7th, 2011 2:08 PM

Reading this struck me as unbelievable, as if it were a real news story. It must have been a very slow news day. This has been going on in Oak Park and all other suburbs from time immemorial. The great thing about the Oak Park Police Department's handling of this has always been that they call the parents to come and pick up their kids. In other words, providing guidance for families by alerting parents in this experimental stage of life for teens. If it becomes chronic, that's another story.

muriel schnierow from River Forest  

Posted: April 7th, 2011 11:33 AM

decades ago this happened when i was at the Symphony. The "host' was grounded for a long time, i confiscated his car keys, and if it happened again NO PROM .That plus floods of tears on my part stopped it and he is a terrific person .He did say something funny-"Darn it i cant get into trouble cause you would die!!!" I replied you got that right.

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