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Police bust teen drinking party, father cited under new ordinance | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Mercer Island police responded to a large party where a considerable amount of alcohol was served after 11 p.m., Feb. 24, in the 7600 block of S.E. 37th Place. No adults were present. All teenagers fled when police arrived, except for the resident, 16, who had been drinking and who said he had been trying to end his party after it got out of control.
The boy's father, who was not present, is the first Island resident to be cited under the city's new underage drinking ordinance that took effect in January. A citation against the father, with a $250 penalty, was forwarded to the city prosecutor. Under the new law, property owners and renters are held responsible for underage drinking that occurs on their property, regardless of whether or not they approved the drinking or were aware of it.
After the party, police found four teenagers — three girls and a boy — hiding in their vehicle, in possession of alcohol, in the area at 12:11 a.m., Feb. 25, in the 3700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. They were released to their parents after being cited for minor in possession.
Arrest: Police took a 33-year-old woman into custody at 10:35 p.m. She was directly booked into the Issaquah Jail on an outstanding municipal court warrant.
Disturbance: Two women got into a physical fight during an argument at a birthday party after 2 a.m. in the 7500 block of S.E. 28th Street. Both women, 27 and 32, sustained injuries. One was very intoxicated and the other had been taking drugs. Police took an air gun revolver replica into safe keeping but could not determine the aggressor, as neither subject would be truthful.
DUI: Police stopped a vehicle at 2:58 a.m. in the 8200 block of I-90 for a traffic violation and arrested the driver, 41, who had been drinking and admitted consuming alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and was released to a friend after being processed at both the Mercer Island and Issaquah police departments.
Arrest: A 20-year-old Bellevue man was booked into the SCORE Jail at 6:42 p.m. on a King County Sheriff’s Office Mercer Island warrant.
Arrest: A 28-year-old Mercer Island woman was arrested on an outstanding Bellevue warrant at 4:03 p.m. in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street. She was transferred into Bellevue police custody.
Arrest: Police arrested a 51-year-old man at 10:40 p.m. in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. on an outstanding Tukwila warrant. The suspect was transferred into Tukwila police custody.
Drugs: Police stopped a vehicle in the 4200 block of 87th Avenue S.E. and detected marijuana inside. After searching the vehicle and finding alcohol, a glass pipe and marijuana hidden inside a Wrigley’s gum tin, police arrested the 17-year-old driver at 11:48 p.m.
Speeding: Police stopped a vehicle traveling at 100 mph on eastbound I-90 at 1:53 a.m. The driver, 25, was driving with a suspended license and had five counts of failure to appear on his record. He was arrested and later released. The vehicle’s registered owner drove the vehicle from the scene.
iPod found: A Mercer Island woman reported finding an iPod at 90th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 48th Street on Feb. 18, and turned it in to the MIPD. She said she regularly finds such items in that area.
Burglary: A 34-year-old man discovered several storage locker doors were open in the 3500 block of 88th Avenue S.E. Two of his bicycles, which had been stored since the third week of January, were missing.
Theft: Computer hackers stole $920 from a West Mercer Way resident after accessing her online bank account after Feb. 16.
Drugs: Police arrested two 18-year-old males at 12:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of westbound I-90 after stopping their vehicle for traffic infractions. An obvious odor of marijuana was inside the vehicle, where a pill grinder and glass bong were visible on the floorboards. The driver had flakes of marijuana on his shirt. The vehicle was impounded and searched.
Burglary: A home in the 2900 block of 71st Avenue S.E. was burglarized between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. while the resident was gone. Burglars stole an Xbox Kinect, iPhone 4 and a heart-shaped brown wooden box. Suspect fingerprints were lifted.
Car prowls: Someone stole a backpack out of a Volkswagen Routan after breaking through the vehicle’s side window in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street sometime overnight. The backpack contained books and miscellaneous papers. The total loss was $350.
That same night, someone broke into a Chrysler PT Cruiser through a side window in a semi-secure parking garage in the 2700 block of 78th Avenue S.E. No items were stolen. The cost to repair the vehicle is $250.
Theft: The Redmond Police Department recovered a 45-year-old Mercer Island woman’s stolen J. Crew credit card after serving a search warrant on a residence. The credit card had been stolen in Seattle between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2, 2011, and was used.
Unknown injury: An adult care center in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. reported significant bruising on a 75-year-old patient’s arms between Feb. 18 and Feb. 22. The incident was reported to the Department of Social and Health Services and is under investigation.