Police arrest 15 during underage drinking party in Hancock County

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. – Police in Hancock County busted up an underage drinking party over the weekend, arresting 15 people.

Neighbors called police late Friday night to complain about loud music at a home in the 10600 block of North Meridian Road in Fortville.

4 Fast Facts

  • Police arrest 15 during underage drinking party in Hancock County
  • Neighbors called with a noise complaint Friday night
  • 13 arrested are juveniles and 2 are charged as adults
  • Bust was largest for Hancock County’s Underage Drinking Task Force this year

Police arrived at the home just after midnight, where they found at least 15 people engaging in underage drinking. Thirteen of them were under the age of 18 while two were over 18 and charged as adults.

Logan C. Titara and Cory D. Turner, both 18, face a charge of illegal consumption of an alcoholic, a misdemeanor, according to Major Brad Burkhart with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

The 13 others are minors and will face charges as juveniles, police said. They were taken to the sheriff’s department so their parents or guardians could pick them up.

Saturday’s bust was the largest in 2016 involving Hancock County’s Underage Drinking Task Force, a group formed in 2013 to combat underage drinking and educate teens about the dangers of alcohol. The task force has made 24 arrests since July, according to Burkhart.

The task force includes 30 officers from every law enforcement agency in Hancock County. Members share information with each other and coordinate with school officials.