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Underage drinking bust at Farmer's Market

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An update tonight on a big bust in Elkhart County. It happened inside the Old Farmer's Market on County Road 26. The Sheriff's Department cited 63-people after what they're calling a BIG underage drinking party.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's department says what started as a party at the Farmer's Market building off the U-S 20 Bypass got ugly. They got a tip from a concerned parent, and Captain Jim Bradberry of the Elkhart County STAR team says, a concerned parent called the Elkhart County Sheriff's office --  saying there was a lot of underage drinking was going on, something the Elkhart County Sheriff's STAR team deals with almost every weekend.

"They did respond and actually found, by the time this was all said and done, we had cited and released 60 juveniles," he said. Officers with the STAR team who arrived on scene says the kids at the party were very intoxicated. Three adults were arrested, including Charles Himes, who is accused of maintaining a common nuisance, and LouAnn Reynolds who was cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Bradberry says this is actually not the largest party that we've encountered. He says the STAR team has arrested more than 60 people before, but he says when there's that many people, chances are there's more going on than just alcohol consumption. "You're drinking and driving offenses, you know, we don't want anyone going out there and getting hurt," says Bradberry.
    
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill says adults and parents take a serious gamble with the law if they supply alcohol to a minor. "I'm not about to second guess someone in terms of what their parenting is, but when it comes to a violation, it just means they may have to pay a price for the type of parenting that they chose," says Hill.

The teens who were cited over the weekend ranged in age from 16 to 20-years-old.
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