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House Party Lands Teen's Parents In Trouble With Police

Posted April 26, 2005 4:18 a.m. EDT

— A house party over the weekend has the parents of a Chapel Hill teenager in trouble with the law.

Chapel Hill police went to a home on Adams Way Saturday in response to a noise complaint and found 29 teenagers drinking beer at a party.

Police charged Brian Kinahan, 52, and Cami Kinahan, 50, with contributing to the delinquency of minors. Police say the Kinahans were upstairs in their home during the party.

John Van Arnold lives a few doors from the Kinahans and has a 16-year-old son. He said he does not allow his son to drink, and he does not want other adults to allow it either.

"It is not OK for alcohol to be served to minors, to somebody else's child," Van Arnold said. "Homes that we know that allow that, our son is not allowed to visit."

An attorney for the Kinahans said they did allow the party for their son's birthday, but did not supply any alcohol and did not know there had been underage drinking. They said later in the evening, some teens who were not invited to the party showed up and brought the alchohol.

The Chapel Hill Police Department said that although drinking laws concerning minors have been around for a long time, it is getting more serious about enforcing them. It said it does not want Franklin Street or the town to be synonymous with drinking, especially underage drinking.