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Weatherford Police Department Media Release March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011 by Anonymous

MEDIA RELEASE
Weatherford Police Arrest Two in “Minor Sting”
03/17/2011

On 03/05/11 officers with the Weatherford Police Department and Agents with TABC conducted an investigation into the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors in Parker County. This investigation was conducted in the form of a "minor sting" operation with the help of an undercover minor. This operation was conducted due to a complaint generated by a concerned citizen. The operation selected the store identified by the complaint and ten other convenience stores within the city limits of Weatherford. Officers were expecting a 60-70% compliance but were very pleased with 81.8% compliance by vendors. Only two locations out of eleven sold to the undercover minor. Two clerks were arrested by warrant after the investigation. Det. Westendorf stated that while conducting stings like this are questionable by some, it is a vital tool to discourage underage drinking with teenage social events like prom and graduation quickly approaching. SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) states some startling facts on their website www.sadd.org to include:

“Among underage drinkers (ages 12-20), 30.8% paid for the alcohol the last time they drank – including 8.3% who purchased the alcohol themselves and 22.3% who gave money to someone else to purchase it.”

“Alcohol use remains extremely widespread among today’s teenagers. Nearly three quarters of students (72%) have consumed alcohol (more than just a few sips) by the end of high school, and more than a third (37%) have done so by eighth grade.”

“In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.”

By limiting the availability of alcohol to minors we take another step to keep our community’s children safe.

The two arrested in the sting are identified as follows:

Melanie Longoria w/f 44yoa of Weatherford
Richard Fields w/m 31yoa of Weatherford

Mugshots can be located at the Parker County Jail website – www.parkercountytx.com

Released by:
Wendy Field
Executive Services Officer
Weatherford Police Department
801 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 598-4345 - work
(817) 598-4480 – fax
wfield@weathefordtx.gov

Sports Calendar

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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