Last night, April 8, at around 11 p.m., Eugene Police responded to loud noise complaints from more than one citizen referencing 17tt and 18th/Mill St. Arriving officers found several loud parties in the area, but at 17th and Mill there was one residence, hosting an estimated 100 individuals, from which numerous subjects began fleeing. They contacted several subjects and found them to be Minors in Possession of Alcohol. Concerns were elevated when they found a male minor who was highly intoxicated and unconscious, requiring evaluation by medics and transport to a local hospital for treatment.
Police contacted residents of the house. Initially, officers were refused consent to enter the home to assure there were no other endangered youths inside, but were later were provided consent. Two of the residents were arrested and taken to the Lane County Jail, and there were seven individuals cited for Unruly Gathering Ordinance. A letter was sent to the property owner, advising them of the citations for violation of the Social Host Ordinance (Unruly Gathering).
Charges• Scott Andrew Terrel, 21, UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume, Prohibited Noise
• Michael King Rengel, 23, UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume, Resisting Arrest
• Ian Thomas Holmes, 22: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume
• Jordan Joseph Cramer, 22: UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume
• Michael Lester Dehaan, 22, UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume
• Houman Mirtorabi, 22, UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume
• Dylan Wyatt Melcher-Branch, 22, UO Student: Unruly Gathering, Allowing Minors to Consume
• Zachary Michael Reeves, 19, UO Student: Minor in Possession
• Tanner James Smith, 18, UO Student: Minor in Possession
• Jack Anthony Yates, 19, UO Student: Minor in Possession
• Erinn Courtney Tempelis, 19, UO Student: Minor in Possession
The Ordinance on Unruly Gatherings - also known as the Social Host Ordinance - was passed into law by the Eugene City Council on January 28, 2013. The law holds individuals criminally responsible for hosting, organizing and allowing an unruly event or social gathering. Property owners where the event is hosted will also be penalized if there are multiple violations of this ordinance at the same property. The ordinance applies throughout the city of Eugene.
Oversize, disorderly gatherings and parties involving alcohol have been a continuing problem for this community. These events can disturb neighbors' peace, damage property, create unsafe conditions, tend to attract criminal conduct, and necessitate costly police response. The number of loud party complaints received by the city and criminal citations issued for noise and alcohol-related violations are trending steadily upward, indicating that existing laws have not been effective deterrents.
The Ordinance on Unruly Gatherings was passed by City Council and both the City and the UO have been providing outreach and education to local residents regarding the rules and to ensure everyone is aware of the ordinance. The ordinance then went into effect on March 2, 2013. Eugene Police Department has educated violators through April 1, 2013 and began enforcement effective April 2, 2013. The Eugene Municipal Court has assigned a base fine of $375.00 for criminal violations of this ordinance. Both hosts and property owners could be civilly liable for police, fire and public works response to repeated illegal gatherings that fall under this ordinance.