House party leads to arrests

Published 2:10 am Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A weekend house party in Opp led to the arrest of three adults who allegedly served vodka and beer to seven juveniles, the majority of whom ranged in age from 13 to 14.

Lt. Lance Price of the Alabama Beverage Control Board said the Opp Police Department was led to the Kye Avenue residence after they found a drunken teenager on the street.

“We were contacted after Opp ran across a white, juvenile female who was clearly intoxicated,” Price said. “They confronted her on the street and she said she had just left a house party.”

That is exactly what Opp officers found when they arrived at the residence, Price said.

“Once they arrived, they located seven juveniles, one minor and three adults,” he said. “They had been drinking Smirnoff Vodka and Keystone Light beer. The juveniles ranged in age from 13 to 14. The minor was 17. It was then we were contacted and once we arrived, we placed everyone at the scene under arrest.”

Arrested were:

Jacob Craley, 20, on charges of minor in possession and seven counts of contributing. He was released on a $24,000 bond.

Dewey Elmore, 40, on charges of a house party violation, seven counts of contributing and one count of complicity. He was released on $27,000 bond.

The third adult, Kimberly Richards, turned herself in to authorities Monday and was charged with a house party violation. Price said he expects additional charges against Richards to follow.

“This is the holiday season and people want to have a good time,” Price said. “But the law is the law. Over the last three years, the ABC Board has been actively enforcing house party violations, and over the last few months, the number of the cases has grown and it looks like people are wanting to party again.

“Parents allowing their children, and friends, to drink is unacceptable,” he said. “The public should be aware the ABC Board will be diligently working to find those instances, and if we find people are breaking the law, they will go to jail.

“They should also be aware that if they are under 21, they shouldn’t indulge,” he said. “If they are over 21, they should use some type of discretion when drinking and be safe.”