Underage alcohol party busted
An anonymous call led to the arrest Sunday of 16 teenagers and young adults at a party in De Soto.
Johnson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Erickson said the arrests were made at the house at 31704 W. 91st "purported to be owned" by James Michael DeGroot, 20. Erickson said sheriff's deputies went to the house after receiving an anonymous call from someone claiming to have been battered at a party in the house.
When deputies arrived at the house, they found DeGroot in front of the residence with all lights turned off and doors and windows locked, Erickson said.
Deputies ordered all those inside to come out. The 11 who complied were given breath tests, and issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol, Erickson said.
After that, deputies entered the house and arrested 15 individuals charged with obstruction of the legal process and, if younger than 21, minor in possession of alcohol.
"Those 15 were booked into the county jail," Erickson said.
Only one of those booked into jail was from De Soto. Others were from Shawnee, Lenexa, Kansas City, Kan., and Lawrence.
DeGroot was charged with minor in possession, obstruction of the legal process, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.