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Three reports of underage drinking prove false
Apr 30, 2013 - From staff reports
Three anonymous reports of underage drinking in Fremont County were determined to be unfounded this weekend after deputies contacted the teenagers in question.
"None of them were intoxicated," Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said Tuesday. "They were sitting around a bonfire."
The first call came in at about 9:45 p.m. Friday when a student contacted school resource officer Charlie Marshall about a "large, underage party with drinking" at Morton Lake northwest of Riverton.
According to the report, kids also were driving recklessly in the area.
"It was an anonymous call to him, but he's obligated to give us a ring and let us know," Lee said.
Deputies said they contacted several teenagers at Morton Lake who were not drinking or causing a disturbance.
A few minutes later, an anonymous person called dispatchers to report a "huge bonfire with underage kids drinking at a party" somewhere on Twin Creek Road in Lander. Lee said deputies investigated and again found students in the area who were not drinking or causing a disturbance.
The final report came in at about 10:20 p.m. Saturday when an anonymous person said they had been told about a possible juvenile party going on at a bonfire somewhere near Ocean Lake. At 10:30 p.m. another person reported the same party, explaining that her friend was in attendance and had invited her to go. According to the report, the friend had told her that the party was getting "a little out of hand" and that "juvies (were) out there drinking."
Deputies said they located a group of teens near Ocean Lake, but all of the people there were sober, with no alcohol present.