Police: Ripon mother's party provided pot to minors

10/08/2012 11:53 AM

10/09/2012 5:25 AM

A mother faces several charges after police busted a party she was holding that apparently provided marijuana to several juveniles.

Police were called to the home of Deann Joyce Menezes, 45, in the 1700 block of Bonnie Court just after 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to a news release. A neighbor reported a loud house party and said someone from that home had broken through the fence, went through the pool and was hiding in the neighbor's back yard.

Next-door neighbor Toni McFetridge said she awoke to the sound of a commotion in her back yard, but she wasn't the neighbor who called police.

She heard sirens and officers on a loudspeaker telling partygoers to stop running. Before that, she said the house was quiet.

McFetridge said she went to the front of her house and saw a group of teenagers lined up in front of the garage door.

Officers found 13 children, ages 12 to 17, in and around the house. Several were hiding inside bedrooms where, they told police, Menezes had told them to stay until officers left.

Authorities said they found marijuana in plain view near the juveniles, as well as in a backpack on the side of the home.

McFetridge said she smells marijuana coming from Menezes' house almost daily. The home is the "hangout" for Menezes' 15-year-old son and his friends, McFetridge said. She said the 15-year-old's friends sit on the front porch even when he isn't there.

Menezes appeared to be intoxicated Friday, police said, and refused to cooperate with officers. When they told her she would be cited on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of minors, she tried to run into the residence, ignoring officers' orders to stop.

She was taken into custody and placed into a patrol car, where she reportedly screamed obscenities and kicked at the interior of the vehicle.

A Bee reporter knocked on Menezes' door several times Monday afternoon, but she did not answer.

Menezes was booked at the San Joaquin County jail on charges of contributing to the delinquency of minors and obstructing, delaying or resisting a police officer.

A 19-year-old was cited for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The children were returned to their parents, police said.

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