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Loud Ripon party goes to pot, mom booked on contributing charges

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POSTED October 8, 2012 7:22 p.m.

RIPON - A 45-year-old Ripon mother was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors after neighbors reported a loud backyard party with officers allegedly discovering marijuana in plain view on the front porch and in the back yard Saturday night at a home in the 1700 block of Bonnie Court.

Ripon Police officers Mario Ysit and Paul Rourick arrived at the scene shortly before midnight and were told by a nearby resident that someone from the party had broken through their fence, went through their pool and was hiding behind their home. 

First Sergeant Steve Merchant said the officers contacted Deann Joyce Menezes in front of the residence.  The patrolmen spoke with five juveniles also in front of the home, Merchant said, with the mother saying no other juveniles were inside the residence.

The sergeant reported that while speaking to the adult home owner, his officers observed signs and symptoms of possible intoxication.  Due to their concern for the safety of the juveniles who may have been ingesting drugs at the party, officers reportedly requested her assistance. She refused to cooperate, Merchant said.

Officers reportedly advised her that she was going to be issued a citation for contributing to the delinquency of minors.  At that time, Merchant said, she attempted to flee back into the residence, ignoring officers’ instructions to stop.

The woman was taken into custody and secured in a patrol car allegedly screaming obscenities at the officers and repeatedly kicking the interior of the patrol car.

A total of 13 juveniles from 12 to 17 were located in and about the house, police said.  Some of the juveniles were reportedly hiding inside the residence.  While interviewing the youth, one juvenile advised officers that he was told by the woman to go into a room and not to come out when officers arrived on the scene.  And yet another quoted the woman telling him to hide in a bedroom when police arrived.

Menezes was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of minors, obstructing, delaying or resisting a police officer.  Andy Munoz Yciano, 19, of Ripon was also charged and released on a citation for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

The juveniles at the home were all returned to their parents, police said.

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