Thirty-two people, 27 of them juveniles, were arrested this past Friday night at a residence in the 500 block of South 14th Street, following an 11:33 p.m. complaint to the Sunnyside police of loud music and a possible juvenile party.
Three Sunnyside officers responded to the call and found a house full of people and evidence of drinking and marijuana use.
"The music could be heard approximately 100 feet from the residence," reported Sgt. Jim Rivard.
A 20-year-old man was charged with 24 counts of furnishing liquor to minors. Officers said he took responsibility for putting on the party, but refused to tell officers how the beer came to be in his possession.
The man's mother was on the premises, according to officers.
Of the 32 arrests for minor in consumption and or possession of alcohol, 27 were juveniles charges and five were people over the age of 18, who were issued citations. Nine people at the party were not charged as they showed no signs of alcohol consumption, officers said.
Police Chief Ed Radder said the party started as a birthday celebration for one of four girls, given by the 20-year-old's 14-year-old sister, but escalated into a beer-drinking party.
The 32 arrests were not the only ones Sunnyside police made over the weekend for alcohol and/or drug abuse.
Thirteen other people were arrested over Friday and Saturday.
On Friday about 2 a.m., officers, stopping a car on South 13th Street because one headlight was out, discovered the driver, a 23-year-old woman, had outstanding warrants against her and tested .009 for alcohol. She was charged with furnishing liquor to minors, contributing to the delinquency of minors and defective vehicle equipment.
A passenger in her car, a 19-year-old girl, was charged with possession and use of liquor by a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two 19-year-old male passengers were also charged, one with possession of marijuana and the other with possession and use of liquor by a minor.
On Saturday, six juveniles were arrested by officers in the 900 block of Franklin Avenue at 10:51 p.m. In investigating the charges of possession and use of liquor by minors, officers discovered one of the six boys was a runaway, whom they returned to his home.
Also on Saturday at 9 p.m., three boys, two 16 and one 17, were arrested near Fifth Street and Grant Avenue and charged with possession and use of liquor. One was also charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Frustrated with the increased use of alcohol by young people, the police department and Sunnyside Promise have set two town hall meetings in April. The first will be held in English on April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. The second, in Spanish, will be held April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., also at the auditorium.
Refreshments will be provided.
"If people want to know what they can do about juveniles drinking, this is the answer. They can come to this meeting," said Chief Ed Radder.