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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
LBPD breaks up underage drinking party
Police slap teen with social host law violation
By Anthony Rifilato

Long Beach police arrested a 17-year-old Laurelton Boulevard resident after he allegedly supplied alcohol to other minors during a party at his home last week.

Police said the incident occurred on Friday, Oct. 19, at 10:55 p.m., when police responded to the home, along the 200 block of Laurelton Boulevard, after receiving a noise complaint.

“Officers observed approximately 10 people being unreasonably loud on the second floor porch of that address,” said Sgt. Eric Cregeen, a spokesman for the department.

The 17-year-old male’s parents were not home at the time, Cregeen said.

“Officers met with the resident, a 17-year-old-male, and he appeared to be intoxicated,” Cregeen said. “The tenant told police officers that beverages were being served to those who were under 21 years of age.”

But the teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor, and at least one other partygoer, grew confrontational with police, Cregeen said, when police attempted to arrest him.

The teenager was charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and violating the social host ordinance, a law aimed at preventing the consumption of alcohol by minors at private homes.

“Typically this would be something we give to the resident,” Cregeen said of the ordinance. “Basically it’s whoever is hosting that party — here you had a kid who is almost 18 and serving alcohol to kids who are under the legal drinking age.”

Cregeen said police officers also arrested 20-year-old Cody-Noel Bonas, of Oceanside, after she allegedly tried to prevent the teen’s arrest. She was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, and two counts of harassment.

“He’s placed under arrest, at which point we had a 20-year-old female who engaged the officers and began to push them in an attempt to prevent his arrest,” Cregeen said.

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