Chief: Summer sees underage alcohol use spike


Greg Knight

A number of inexpensive liquors and other alcoholic beverages are a primary choice of underage drinkers in Wrangell during the summer months – when underage drinking spikes.

When the heat, sunshine and warmer waters of Zimovia Strait arrive every summer, it’s a chance for the residents of Wrangell to let loose, get in some time on the water, and generally enjoy the beautiful outdoors.

But for some younger Wrangell residents the long nights of summer can also mean a misdemeanor charge for being a Minor Consuming Alcohol.

In 2012, according to Wrangell Police Department Chief Doug McCloskey, his office cited 67 minors for using alcohol under the age of 21. That year, a spike of 8 and 13 cases were seen in July and August, respectively. That number was down from the...

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