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Five teens arrested for underage drinking at Sikeston house party

Monday, August 23, 2010

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Five teenagers were arrested Saturday after Sikeston police officers responded to a Sikes Street residence where minors were reportedly drinking.

According to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the owner of 805 Sikes St. came to the door as officers approached the home about 11:30 p.m.

Officers were allowed inside and several teenagers were found hiding in a bedroom and closet.

Full and empty containers of alcohol were also found near the pool area of the home.

After giving eight people a portable breath test, five were arrested on suspicion of illegal consumption and possession of alcohol. One of the teenagers was also arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest for fleeing from police upon their initial arrival.

"Police are still investigating how the teens obtained the alcohol and whether the homeowner was aware of the illegal party," said Sgt. Jim McMillen in the news release. "In last month's homicide investigation, we learned how these drinking parties can become deadly. Sikeston Public Safety will continue to actively confront these types of parties and those adults who contribute to this illegal behavior."

The fatality McMillen referred to was the July 24 death of 18-year-old Kendra Gray. Gray died after being struck by a vehicle leaving an underage drinking party in Sikeston.

Although a grand jury last week declined to charge Brianna M. Branson, 17, of Miner, Mo., with murder in connection with the death, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety continues to investigate it as one, the Standard Democrat reported.

"We still consider this as a murder investigation," said chief Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Juden said anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.

"Murder investigations do not have a statute of limitations, so therefore, this case will always remain open," he said.

Pertinent Address:

805 Sikes St., Sikeston, MO

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They need to do this same type of enforcement in Cape.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 4:02 PM

This wasn't a problem when I was a teenager. Oh, it happened, we just didn't go to jail for it...

-- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 5:21 PM

WTH is that all they do down in Sikeston is drink, party, shoot people, stab people and run people over with cars?

-- Posted by Hot Dog on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 6:06 PM

In Sikeston you can kill someone and walk away.Why arrest them for drinking?

-- Posted by mogearjammer on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 6:08 PM

We used to call Poplar Bluff "Little Chicago", but I think Sikeston now deserves that moniker!

-- Posted by slim_pickens on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 7:30 PM

Oh PLEEZZZZZZZZZ. These adults in Sikeston are the most irresponsible people in this state. "Were they aware?" You bet your sweet bippy they knew it was going to happen. And there is no doubt about the kids since they were hiding. If parents don't become more responsible when letting their kids have a party, then expect more fights, etc, to take place. Don't just 'smack' their hands, hit their wallets. That is the ONLY way parents will start being parents.

-- Posted by LiveAnotherDay on Sun, Aug 22, 2010, at 8:29 PM

Cmon people don't act like it doesn't happen in Cape. Like mentioned above Cape police needs to crack down on this also. I'm sure there are many underage kids drinking at house parties in Cape.

-- Posted by runner50 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:01 AM

This happens in small towns, big cities and suburbs. It's not a new fad. Maybe what we need to do to stop it is if the cops find out where the liquor was purchased, have that businesses liquor license revoked and shut down for a period of time.

Perhaps this will make liquor store owners think twice before selling to minors.

-- Posted by redpen on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:54 AM

The five who failed the test AND THE HOMEOWNERS should have been locked up.

-- Posted by mo_ky_fellow on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:58 AM

Ok, someone help me here. The owner of 805 sikes street opened the door for the police and were allowed in.

Then, this article tells us the investigation of whether or not the "homeowner" was aware of the party with alcohol being served up by minors is on going! Didn't the owner open the door? !!

Frankly, it sounds as if the person who opened the door for the police was a minor child living in the "homeowners" house. It also sounds as if the kid should never have given permission to come inside!

Got caught didn't ya kids...gotta keep your heads screwed on while having fun these days! Be careful

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 7:58 AM

If the homeowner says he didn't know what was going on when he was right ther he has to be either a liar a fool or just plumb crazy. Either way he should be locked up to protect the plubic from him.

-- Posted by newman90 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 8:20 AM

hmmm...was Brianna there too ?

-- Posted by ad..man on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 9:47 AM

Wolf, good point!

My opposition to parents hosting teenage parties where alcohol is being consumed is that it is illegal, dangerous, and is awful parenting.

One problem that the police and the prosecutor will have is to prove that the parent knew what was going on. I think the standard should be "knew, or should have known what was going on".

While I know teens can be crafty in hiding things from mom and dad, it is hard for me to imagine having a party at my house and not knowing that there was alcohol being consumed there.

-- Posted by one4kids on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 10:23 AM

Sikeston neeeds to worry about the drugs and bad crime going on in the city these kids was not hurting anyone truth be know they was going to stay the night go get the meth heads and people killing is sikeston come on people i guess it is to easy to get kids for beer if they would have had weed nothing would have happen!!!!!!!!! that is why more kids are going to drugs rather than drinking a cold beer

-- Posted by USER321 on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 11:51 AM

OMG! Its the crime of the century. I will safer at night knowing that Sikeston PD is catching these awful underage drinkers

-- Posted by travellin man on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 12:58 PM

mogearjammer I saw a nasty pic of you online today. Aren't you still married and you are looking for more on a dating site? Man you are a sick pervert it sounds like.

-- Posted by joekool on Mon, Aug 23, 2010, at 2:28 PM

The police were responding to a complaint about minors drinking, so it wasn't like they were cruisin' around looking for a party to bust.

@LiveAnotherDay: I'll see your "sweet bippy" and raise you some "water knockers" if you can tell me what the heck a "bippy" is? And how do you know whethere it is "sweet" or not?

It is an interesting argument that my teenagers use. The argument is that they can either go to where the party is and where there is drinking, or we can host the party. My response is that they can also do neither and can be confined to their rooms. Some things you can teach, some have to be experienced, but most require a little of both, IMHO.

-- Posted by EvlMcgyver on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 12:10 PM

USER321 there was obviously a complaint from someone. The kids probably were being too loud/obnoxious maybe drinking outside and raising hell. The police didnt just randomly knock on a door and ask if there were any "under age" drinkers in the house.

Your statement of "these kids ws not hurting anyone" doesn't hold water. How many of them were going to drive home later that night? How many of them cannot hold their liquor and end up running over another teen or get into fights etc..

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a serious charge. Somebody bought the alcohol and knew about the party. That somebody should be charged also.

-- Posted by mallethead on Thu, Feb 10, 2011, at 1:38 AM

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