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Salem Teen Busted for Alcohol at Rental House on Oregon Coast

16 other minors in the home had been drinking, nine of which were under the age of 18.

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(LINCOLN CITY) - A Salem teenager, along with 16 other minors were issued alcohol-related citations after police busted a party in Lincoln City over the weekend.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Sorby says he and another deputy were on patrol early Saturday morning in the area of Logan Road and NE 69th Street, when at about 12:30 AM they noticed several minors gathered on the street that appeared to be intoxicated.

They suspected a minor alcohol party was taking place at a residence nearby where other minors were seen.

With the assistance of the Lincoln City Police Department the deputies went to the home located at 1845 NE 69th Street and contacted 18-year-old Rachel N. Lorusso-Godlove, of Salem

Sorby said Lorusso-Godlove told the deputies she rented the house for the weekend and was having a party.

Deputies and officers contacted the rest of the people in the house and found 16 other minors that had been drinking, nine of which were under 18 years old.

All of the minors were issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

Parents of the minors under 18 were notified of the incident.

Lorusso-Godlove was also issued a citation for providing a place for minors to consume alcohol.

Officers disposed of the remaining alcohol.

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Hernita Hernandez February 14, 2010 7:16 pm (Pacific time)

I am deeply offended by this article and how the police chose to handle this situation. There was no warrant upon entry to the house, nor did the police officers provide a feasible probable cause. This article also states that the officers "contacted the rest of the people in the house", conveniently leaving out that they searched the entire house for these other 16 while threatening to kick in the bedroom doors leading to people fast asleep and not causing any remote disturbance. I understand the need to keep the community safe and reduce the amount of alcohol consumption in youth, but the way the Lincoln City PD dealt with this issue was completely out of line and I think the state of Oregon ought to recognize this.

Editor: Hernita, We at mean you no offense, I promise you that. In situations like this one, we are carrying the integrity of the police who sent the news release out, nothing more.  We of course can't be everywhere all the time, that is why this type of feedback makes a difference.  You make many points that appear disturbing with regard to police practice and policy, and I certainly hope you contact legal council or take whatever avenues are open if you believe the entry was illegal, etc.  Kicking in bedroom doors certainly seems more than rash.  Best to you, thank you for your comment. 

Jennifer Alieus March 1, 2007 March 2, 2007 11:13 am (Pacific time)

After the police poured out all of the alcohol they should have just left with a warning.. it is clear that none of these kids were planning on driving. there is no point of ruining futures over something that could have been handled another way.

JAFO; February 14, 2007 3:51 pm (Pacific time)

Yeah.,how come more people wern't invited?, ant they didn't get in any auto accidents either!, maybe a "safe" party house w/ designated observers? and all car keys confiscated upon entry!

Raven February 13, 2007 6:39 pm (Pacific time)

Must have been a big party!!

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