2017-11-30 / Courts

Five arrests stem from Halloween party

Three underage drinkers were arraigned last week, with two of them sentenced, on charges of minor in possession of alcohol after a party that took place on Halloween night.

Bench warrants were issued on two more defendants who did not show up for arraignment.

Deputies were called at about 10 p.m. to a home in the 7400 block of S. Shugart Road in Bingham Township on a complaint of a loud party, according to Leelanau County Undersheriff Steve Morgan.

Several other minors who had not been drinking or who tested under the limit of .02 percent were given rides home and their parents were notified, Morgan said.

Those who were arraigned are 18-year-old Nebin T. Jobes, of Traverse City; 18-year-old Alexandria E. Witkop, of Traverse City; and 20-yearold Taylor L. Witkop, of Interlochen.

It was the second MIP offense for Jobes, who was sentenced to 120 days probation and fines and costs of $452. Jobes is also ordered to have an alcohol/ substance abuse assessment done.

It was also a second offense for Taylor Witkop, who was sentenced to pay $377 in fines and costs. Her arrest represents a probation violation for Witkop from another case.

Alexandria Witkop pleaded not guilty to the MIP charge. She is currently free on a $100 personal recognizance bond. A probable cause conference was rescheduled for Dec. 5 until she can hire an attorney.

Two defendants, Joseph E. Ernst, 20, of Traverse City and Kailyn N. Qualls, 19, also of Traverse City, failed to appear for arraignment. Bench warrants have been issued on both, with new bonds set at $200.

This is a second MIP for both Ernst and Qualls.

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