On Aug. 16 Vermont State Police troopers received a 911 call from a residence on Riggs Road in Shoreham. The caller hung up and the VPS dispatcher was unable to make contact with anyone at the residence. VSP Trooper Scribner eventually spoke with a female at the residence who stated there was no emergency and didn't know who would have called.
Based on the conversation troopers responded to the residence, and happened upon a large underage drinking party in progress. It was determined that the homes adult owners were out-of-town for the weekend and the minor residents were holding a going-away party for a family member heading off to college.
There was no one over the age of 21 on hand at the residence.
Nineteen juveniles were cited for Possession of Malt Beverage, for being minors who had consumed alcohol.
Approximately 20-30 other juvenile partygoers fled the area on foot. Two female minors were transported to Porter Hospital by ambulance due to extreme intoxication.
Who procured the alcohol for the gathering has yet to be determined, but furnishing alcohol to minors is punishable by fines from $500-$2,000 and up to two years in jail.
Underage drinking by teens, especially binge drinking by local college students, is an increasing problem in Addison County. The problem negatively impacts neighborhoods around so-called animal houses where parties occur.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact Trooper Scribner or Trooper Conway at the New Haven Barracks 388-4919.