Anonymous tip leads officers to large teen party in Glenwild
An anonymous tip over the weekend helped deputies with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office break up a large party in Glenwild that an estimated 150 teenagers attended.
According to Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright, a caller, identified only as a woman, contacted the Sheriff’s Office just before 11 p.m. Saturday to notify law enforcement officers of the party. The caller said she was receiving pictures from teens who were there and suspected alcohol was involved. She gave the authorities the address, but stressed that she wanted to remain anonymous. She did not live in the area.
Wright said a majority of the teens fled the scene before deputies arrived. But, a Sheriff’s Office report states they were still “fleeing in all directions” when deputies pulled up. Several bottles of alcohol were found on the property and in surrounding yards. No citations were issued.
Deputies made contact with a 15-year-old girl who appeared to live at the house, as well as 10 others. They had not been drinking. The Sheriff’s Office report stated the teen told deputies, “There was no problem now that everyone left and that (the deputies) could leave unless a warrant was produced.” Wright said the girl’s mother was contacted and returned to the home.
“With something like a juvenile alcohol party, we aren’t going to just go barging into someone’s home without the consent of an adult or someone who has the legal right to allow us in there,” he said. “We had the cooperation of the mother of the juvenile. She stayed there with the kids and made sure nothing further took place.”
Deputies have the ability to apply for a warrant and, if it is granted by a judge, enter a home. But, Wright said it is up to the deputy to take that action.
“Could they have applied for a warrant? Absolutely,” he said. “Based off of the photographs and the fact that juveniles were running and they did see alcohol, they could have at least applied for the warrant.”
While teen parties aren’t uncommon, authorities approach each situation differently, Wright said. He said “it is just one of those things we, unfortunately, deal with in our community.”
“It is one of those delicate situations that we often find ourselves in that we have to make sure we are using good discretion when dealing with these types of things,” he said. “The fact that there were juveniles that were there that had stuck around and weren’t drinking proves they are responsible kids.”
Wright was grateful for the person who called to report the party. He said tips like that can help inform the Sheriff’s Office of illegal activity.
“There was a large party of underage students that were gathering and participating in unlawful conduct,” he said. “She reported it to us and we appreciate it. It gives us an opportunity to ensure people are OK and to make sure we are not allowing people to create another hazard or danger to themselves or others.”
Ted Walker recently took over as director of the Summit County Children’s Justice Center after the previous director, Christie Hind, stepped down last month.