Police raid booze and pot party full of teens

A Medford police officer responding to a New Year's Eve noise complaint found 150 teens at a large house party in the 300 block of Murphy Road where people were drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said that when an officer went to check out the complaint at 10:55 p.m. Monday, he saw about 50 juveniles running from the house, climbing over fences and going through neighboring yards.

The revelers had covered glass in a front door with black plastic, and when two officers went inside the home they found about 100 young people hiding throughout the residence, Budreau said.

An 18-year-old woman who lives in the house told police that she and her brother were hosting the party.

Blair Ellen Shanklin-Rice, 18, was cited on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Her brother, Nicholas Robert Shanklin, 20, was cited and released on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Five of the minors, who ranged in age from 16 to 20, were cited for being in possession of alcohol.

Officers spent most of their time and energy getting the teens released to responsible adults, said Budreau.

"It's good that they were caught at 10. Who's to say what would have happened at 1 a.m.? It could be a recipe for disaster," Budreau said.

A significant amount of alcohol was seized, as well as some marijuana, he said.

"Minors in fatal car accidents — or sexual assaults involving minors — can often be traced back to some incident involving alcohol," Budreau said.

"Kids who are that young don't know how alcohol is going to affect their system."

In a news release, Medford police reminded people that state law prohibits providing alcohol to minors or providing a place for minors to consume alcohol. The crime carries a mandatory penalty of at least 30 days imprisonment for the third conviction.

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