Updated: September 21, 2013 6:17AM
VALPARAISO — Over the weekend at two separate abandoned houses, police arrested 19 people — 17 of them under age 18 — attending end-of-summer underage drinking parties.
Ten of the arrested juveniles face felony drug charges because of the presence of marijuana.
At about 10:50 p.m. Friday, Valparaiso police checked on a complaint of a party featuring underage drinking, marijuana use and sex, inside a vacant house in the 1400 east block of Evans Avenue, in Valparaiso.
Upon arrival, police said, the smell of burnt marijuana emanated from the house’s numerous missing windows.
Police arrested 10 juveniles, ages 14 to 16, charged with felony visiting of a common nuisance and misdemeanor underage drinking.
Seven were released to their parents.
The party host and two attendees who already were on probation face additional charges and were transferred to Porter County Juvenile Detention.
Seven juveniles, plus Kevin O’Brien, 18, of Chesterton; and Andrea Torres, 18, of LaPorte, were arrested for underage drinking at about 11:04 p.m. Saturday when Porter County Sheriff’s Police broke up an end-of-summer bonfire party outside an abandoned house in the woods in the area of Old State Road 2 and County Road 600 North.
The juveniles were released to their parents; police took O’Brien and Torres to the Porter County Jail.
It is believed others had been drinking at the party but left a short time before police arrived.
According to the police report, an adult-chaperoned party was going on elsewhere on the large property, but party-goers slipped away to the more secluded area to drink.