Police arrested three people and issued more than a dozen citations for underage drinking in connection with a rowdy party over the weekend at a Lincolnton residence.
After receiving multiple calls around midnight Sunday regarding illegal drinking and drug use in the area, police quickly responded to a home at 724 N. Aspen Street, where numerous vehicles were parked illegally at nearby Lincolnton High School, according to a Lincolnton Police Department press release.
While on scene, detectives also tried to break up a street fight that hundreds of people at the party had gathered to watch, the release said.
Due to the crowd’s large size, officers failed to determine who had been fighting, and therefore, made no arrests in the brawl.
Police did charge homeowners Teresa Darlene Oxendine, 44, and Kenneth Franklin Oxendine, 37, each with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and resisting a public officer after the two failed to cooperate with authorities, officers said.
Police searched the home after issuing a warrant and additionally arrested 18-year-old Tyler Jordon Nicks, of 222 Turner Street in Lincolnton, for one count each of consuming alcohol by a person under age 21 and resisting a public officer, the release said.
Despite tips that individuals at the party were also engaged in drug use, police have not filed any drug-related charges.
“We did locate some drug paraphernalia but could not place it in anyone’s possession,” Det. Sgt. Jason Munday said.
Munday also told the Times-News that while underage drinking is a problem throughout the city, statistics are average when compared with other locations across the country. He also noted how underage drinking is often more prevalent during the summer season.
“It is definitely more of a problem this time of year than any other time of the year,” he said.
Several agencies assisted police with Sunday’s investigation including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Lincolnton Fire Department, Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services and Lincoln County Rescue. Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and expect to issue additional citations in the future.
All three suspects have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, Kenneth and Teresa Oxendine each on a $5,000 secured bond and Nicks on a $400 secured bond.
Police issued underage drinking citations to the following individuals: