State Excise Officers Bust Underage Drinking Party


Officers from the Indiana State Excise Police cited 17 people for underage drinking after responding to an anonymous complaint about an underage drinking party at a Knox home early Monday morning. When they arrived at the home in the 1100 block of East John Street in Knox they reportedly found 20 or so vehicles parked there and saw a young woman standing outside a pole barn holding a bottle of beer. She reportedly tried to hide the beer bottle and walked back into the barn, according to a news release from the state. When she opened the door, the responding officers heard loud music and saw people who appeared to be underage consuming possible alcoholic beverages. The three juveniles cited were released to their parents. Resident James A. Hudgens, 19, faces charges of illegal consumption of alcohol and furnishing alcohol to a minor. All of those cited will appear in Knox City Court to answer charges. Officers from the Knox Police and Starke County Sheriff’s Departments assisted with the investigation.