Adult Might Face Charges Following Weekend Underage Drinking Party

The following information was supplied by the Geneva Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

An adult who hosted an underage drinking party Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday morning might face charges from Geneva police.

Geneva police Cmdr. Julie Nash said an investigation is pending regarding the owner of a home in the 500 block of Eighth Street, where the party took place.

Police responded to a noise complaint at the home at around 12:53 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, when they discovered four youths who had been drinking. Edward Parker, James Clark and Andrew White, all 18 years old, were cited under city ordinance for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. The fourth is a 17-year-old male who was cited as a minor.

As of Wednesday morning, officials were awaiting a decision regarding whether the adult would be charged and, if so, what the charge might be.


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Joseph Herrera October 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Four young men, participating in a Homecoming party, sitting by a pool with the homeowners consent, are now paying the price. Geneva's finest could only arrest the easy ones while many other athletes and adults watch from the saftey of inside the house. G.H.S. are qiuck to punish these youths based on information supplied by Genva P.D. while look the other way because the rest is only "hearsay, rumors." Rumor is the homeowners son was not home. Something is wrong with this whole scene.
Bob McQuillan October 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM
This is a sad story that is repeated every year and some "adults" still don't get the message. What parent in their right mind would allow their underage child to attend a party where they knew drinking would take place. This homeowner took it upon himself to allow other people's children to drink in his home. Then, based on the above comment, would not allow the police in his house. If nothing illegal was happening, why weren't the police allowed to search the house? Within the last few years, in another suburb, the same story ended in the death of two students when they hit a tree. This issue isn't about allowing kids to drink, it about putting the safety and welfare of children in danger. No one has the right to do that for any reason. The homeowner will probably receive a small fine and everything will be forgotten .... until next year when the result could be more serious.
Political PR Machine October 20, 2011 at 04:10 AM
We all say there are rules to follow so just follow the rules - however, have you checked recently to see that the Federal rulemakers have violated rules, and have made rules that they do not enforce. If we want kids and parents to respect the rule of law, then leadership starts at the top, and I would prefer to keep a focus on the idiots who bungled the banking fiasco and see them do jail time rather than focus on something that I did as a teen (however, beer was legal at 18 in Milwaukee back then). We must respect the law - and for those who feel that a person old enough to get drafted to kill in a war ought to be old enough to have a cold beer by a pool, you must go through the legal process to change the current law. That's just the way it is... and it is a safer, healthier way to live, in my opinion. Let's work on getting our Federal leaders to provide a better example, so the rule of law has meaning once again.


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