Staples Police report underage drinking

The Staples Police Dept.  is reminding parents not  to allow minors to drink at graduation parties. Police recently busted an underage party, citing a few minors.

Staples Police Chief Melissa Birkholtz said this is the time of the year when underage drinking increases due to graduation and other parties. Police are on patrol watching for underage drinking and paying extra attention to underage parties. The risks of injuries, accidents and assaults go up with alcohol use and Staples Police want to be diligent on making sure the community’s young people are safe. There are stiff penalties for hosting a party where there is underage drinking allowed. If police find adults providing alcohol to minors, they could face criminal charges. 

Also from the Staples Police report:

 May 9; Staples Police responded to a report of smoke at a residence on the 700 block of Dakota Ave. SE. The resident stated that an outside light had started on fire earlier, and it appeared that the siding on the house was smoldering. The Staples Fire Dept. responded and assisted on scene. The residence received minor damage. 

 May 11; Staples Police talked with a student at Staples Elementary about their behavior in class. 

 May 11; Staples Police responded to Lakewood Health System for a report of possible child abuse. Police found that the incident  had occurred in St. Cloud.They assisted the St.Cloud police with the report.

May 12; Staples Police received information from the Todd County Sheriff’s Dept. regarding a homeless juvenile needing to be placed in PORT on an emergency 72 hour hold. Police checked locations in the city, but did not locate the juvenile subject. 

May 13; Staples Police were advised of two pit bulls running at large near the intersection of 8th St. and 2nd Ave. NE. The dogs  who were not wearing any tags or collars were taken to the Staples Vet Clinic. One is a white and brown adult pit bull; the other is a white and black pit bull puppy. 

May 13; Staples Police responded to a report of  suspicious activity on the 100 block of Sunrise Drive. After investigation, police issued three juveniles citations for minor consumption. 

 May 15; at approximately 12:17 a.m., Staples Police were asked to assist the Morrison County Sheriff’s Dept. and MN State Patrol of a report of a driver on Hwy 10, traveling northbound in the southbound lane. Police, along with a Morrison County Sheriff’s Dept. and MN Stae Patrol began pursuing the fleeing suspect vehicle, on  the south side of Motley on Hwy 10.  The MN State Patrol conducted a pit maneuver and the suspect vehicle came to a stop on 6th Ave. S., in the city of Motley. The driver, Junior Modesto Viven, of Long Prairie, was arrested and taken into custody by the state patrol.

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