Oxford police expect house parties to ‘ramp up’ this evening

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Oxford police expect house parties to ‘ramp up’ this evening

Oxford police believe Thursday morning’s cold temperatures may have reduced the amount of activity during Green Beer Day, held annually the day before Miami University students start spring break.

Chief John Jones described the early part of Green Beer Day as “not too crazy.”

But at 4:30 p.m. he warned: “We’re not out of the woods yet.”

He expected the house parties to “ramp up” into the evening.

He said 15 Oxford police officers — five times the normal shift — were working Thursday with Miami University police officers and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Since midnight until noon Thursday, the department had issued four noise citations, two litter citations and one person was cited for open container, Jones said.

At 11 p.m. Wednesday, officers arrested a taxi driver for OVI, open container in a motor vehicle and littering from a motor vehicle, Jones said.

Also, in preparation for Green Beer Day, detectives ran a couple of plainclothes operations at carry-outs to stop underage drinking at the point of sale, he said.

In those multi-day efforts, four people were arrested for underage and fake ID at Oxford Spirits, a State Liquor Agency; two were arrested for underage and fake ID at Johnny’s Campus Deli; and one person was arrested for underage and fake ID at Kroger, police said.

The checkpoint conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Oxford resulted in one arrest for OVI and one more for OVI on saturation patrol during the checkpoint times.

The campus community is changing education and safety after several recent drinking-related problems.

More than 20 college-age students were hospitalized in one weekend after drinking. Another underage student died and had a blood-alcohol content of .347 percent. The legal limit for driving is .08.

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