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9 Cited for Underage Drinking After Complaint of Loud Party

Police broke up the party at 4 a.m. after an anonymous complaint.

The following information is from the Highland Park Police Department. An arrest is not an indication of guilt.

ACTIVITY CONSTITUTING A PUBLIC NUISANCE / CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL BY MINOR

Jeremy Sabitt, 20, of Highland Park, was cited administratively for activity constituting a public nuisance, consumption of alcohol by minor and possession of drug paraphernalia after police responded to an anonymous complaint of a loud party in the 2000 block of St. Johns Avenue on March 15 at 4 a.m. Sabitt is expected in administrative court at City Hall on April 17.

In conjunction with the loud party complaint, eight other people, all of whom are 18, from Highland Park and Highwood were cited administratively for consumption of alcohol by minor and are also expected in administrative court at City Hall on April 17.

Editor's note: a previous version of this story included the names of the 18 year olds. Those have been removed due to their age.

Daniel March 22, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Might you think differently about publishing names if hypothetically this was not an isolated incident? What if some of those arrested were dealing drugs and supplying alcohol for years to other kids resulting in an overdose to a minor or a child having to be institutionalised because of drug problems supplied by someone arrested. What if hypothetically parents of some of those arrested encouraged and participated in the illegal behavior? Publishing the names could allow a parent to have their children avoid association with those arrested. Another benefit could be to humiliate those arrested and their parents perhaps to the point of the behavior changing. I get it if if was an isolated incident but what if it isn't?
David Greenberg March 22, 2014 at 04:32 PM
What if the whole world was fat? Or what does that have to do with the price of tea in China. The fact of the matter is that the whole concept of being able to go to war for your country and vote in elections, but not be able to drink until you're 21 is inane at best. And until 18 yr olds start voting in greater numbers, this isn't likely to change...
petergoldsmith March 23, 2014 at 12:09 AM
Daniel, No one was arrested you moron.
Dan Brent March 23, 2014 at 08:21 PM
For all interested, the names are posted in the Highland Park News. It is a big deal. Rules are rules. They are all 18, old enough to be charged as adults and to get their names in the paper like anyone else.
David March 23, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Here's my take on the advantage of having the drinking age at 18 instead of 21. It's thinking outside the box, so I do expect some naysaying. If someone is an alcoholic, consider the difference finding out at age 18 compared to age 21. At age 21, more families have seen their children leave home and engaging in adult pursuits, such as higher education and gainful employment. Confronting and dealing with alcoholism at that time in a young person's life has to be infinitely more difficult than obtaining help with and control of that illness before venturing out into the world with more responsibilities and beyond the supports of one's family and school environment.

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