GILFORD — An anonymous tip led to 17 people being arrested at a house party where many of those participating were under age for alcohol.
Police broke up the party on Sunday, Nov.27, at 11:14 p.m., at 39 Olde English Lane.
When officers arrived, a group standing outside the residence fled into the woods. Officers were able to detain two underage individuals who fled and made contact with the homeowner's son, Christopher Medlin, 19, who was later determined to be hosting the party. The homeowners were not present at the residence.
Medlin allowed officers to enter the home, where a group of people were located in the basement of the home. Officers seized an assortment of beer and hard alcohol. Medlin was charged with facilitating an underage alcohol house party and unlawful possession of alcohol and/or intoxication.
Seventeen people under 21, primarily from Gilford and Laconia, were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and/or intoxication. A 21-year-old woman was taken into protective custody for intoxication.
Gilford Police wish to remind parents and residents that, as we enter the holiday season with college and high school vacations, to be aware of the dangers of underage drinking and help police avoid the tragedies so often related to them.
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