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Sikeston teens arrested for underage drinking

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

SEMO News Service

SIKESTON - Five teenagers were arrested Saturday after Sikeston police officers responded to a Sikes Street residence where minors were reportedly drinking.

According to a news release from the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, the owner of 805 Sikes St. came to the door as officers approached the home about 11:30 p.m.

Officers were allowed inside and several teenagers were found hiding in a bedroom and closet.

Full and empty containers of alcohol were also found near the pool area of the home.

After giving eight people a portable breath test, five were arrested on suspicion of illegal consumption and possession of alcohol. One of the teenagers was also arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest for fleeing from police upon their initial arrival.

"Police are still investigating how the teens obtained the alcohol and whether the homeowner was aware of the illegal party," said Sgt. Jim McMillen in the news release. "In last month's homicide investigation, we learned how these drinking parties can become deadly. Sikeston Public Safety will continue to actively confront these types of parties and those adults who contribute to this illegal behavior."

The fatality McMillen referred to was the July 24 death of 18-year-old Kendra Gray. Gray died after being struck by a vehicle leaving an underage drinking party in Sikeston.

Although a grand jury last week declined to charge Brianna M. Branson, 17, of Miner, with murder in connection with the death, the Sikeston Department of Public Safety continues to investigate it as one, the Standard Democrat reported.

"We still consider this as a murder investigation," said chief Drew Juden, director of the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Juden said anyone with information is encouraged to come forward.

"Murder investigations do not have a statute of limitations, so therefore, this case will always remain open," he said.


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Put them in jail on a $75K cash only bond.....those bad teenagers having some beer!!! A BLIGHT on the community. Heaven forbid if WE ever did any of that. Heck...we used to drive to Tennessee to get beer and Boonesfarm. Boonesfarm Strawberry Hill was $10 per case of 12. We would sell it for $3 per bottle...so we had plenty of gas money and kept a few bottles for ourselves for the weekend......but we didn't go driving around town drunk.

Why would they charge that girl with MURDER? If she was driving and drinking it would be DUI vehicular manslaughter. I'm not making light of DUI..that is another story entirely. If she was drunk and hit that girl, she deserves to be charged.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 2:09 PM

Why would they charge that girl with MURDER? If she was driving and drinking it would be DUI vehicular manslaughter. I'm not making light of DUI..that is another story entirely. If she was drunk and hit that girl, she deserves to be charged.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Tue, Aug 24, 2010, at 2:09 PM

they was charging her because she put the truck in gear and ran her over, (the two girls were fighting) left the scene, washed the truck and disposed of the alcohol and then returned to the scene.

-- Posted by tellmeanotherone on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 7:43 AM

But..they did NOT charge her at all yet...and I bet the reason is they didn't feel there was sufficient evidence to support a murder charge. If she was on private property that makes a difference too. One thing about it..the lawyers will always try to turn it around and blame the victim.

-- Posted by Bearcat72 on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 8:26 AM

she was in the street and right now all they have so far is the tampering with evidence and leaving the scene all other charges are still being investigated. not sure how they didnt have enough seeing she put the truck in drive and ran her over...who knows all these counties are dirty and crooked along with a$$ kissers. they do as they wish half the time.

-- Posted by tellmeanotherone on Wed, Aug 25, 2010, at 10:33 AM

When you drink and drive it's the same as planning to kill someone.

-- Posted by mythought on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 10:47 AM

mythought, I'm against drinking and driving(unless you're really good at it), but that comment is a little radical don't you think...Let's see, some women in South Carolina planning to kill her kids or me drinking six beers and driving...not really the same thing.

-- Posted by BonScott on Fri, Aug 27, 2010, at 3:44 PM

I knew this one guy in high school. He could drive better drunk than he could sober. AND, his Dad had killer set of tools.

-- Posted by shannonhoon on Mon, Aug 30, 2010, at 2:19 PM


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