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|Police Bust Early Morning Drinking Party
|An underage drinking party was broke up by Galesburg Police early Sunday morning.
Around 12:45 am police were called to 807 Parkview Road for a party going on. Police approached the home, but no one answered the door and some even tauted officers from the windows saying they did not have permission to enter.
Police did notice a young woman walking down the driveway toward a car and approached her. She told police she had been drinking in the home and some people were passed out on the couch.
Through the window police could see about 20 to 30 people in the front room with alcohol and called for paramedics to respond to the home.
Police began speaking with 23 year old Eric Kraus through the door saying they would force entry if not allowed to enter, in order to check the medical conditions of those passed out.
After a short exchange with Kraus who said he would use a cell phone to record the incident, police pushed their way into the home. Upon entry, police found about 20 more people, many underage in the basement, about half of which were passed out in a bedroom.
Police also found cannabis plants growing in a closet along with other drug paraphernalia.
17 people ranging in age from 17 to 23 years old were arrested mainly for possession and consumption of alcohol by a minor.
22 year old Paul Wang who lives at the residence was charged with providing alcohol to a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, and manufacturing between 200 and 500 grams of cannabis.
Kraus and 22 year old Andrew Cree, both of Galesburg were arrested for eavesdropping because both recorded audio of the incident on cell phones but did not have permission by police to do so.
Two people were transported to the hospital during the bust, and a number of citations were given to underage drinkers, those however, were allowed to return home after finding a sober driver.
|05 10 11 by Newsroom
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