LAW and DisORDER – Part 2

The Fairhope Police have responded and given further information about the recent “party” busted in Fairhope.

LAW and DisORDER Part 1


The Fairhope City Council has had blinders on when it comes to accountability and transparency. Leadership by the Council President is non-existent. In fact, Council President Jack Burrell has fully…


No information about the home owner is being disclosed, a minor related to the owners prevents that. No indication, or denial has been released by Councilman Burrell. The Ripp Report requested the Mayor Council and Police Dept. to investigate and make public the facts:

“This information is being passed on to you for investigation and explanation, to the public. If true the City Council President should resign immediately.”

Fairhope house party bust: Police release names of over 30 arrested

Fairhope house party bust: Police release names of over 30 arrested

According to Fairhope police, about 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a party at a residence on Mary Ann Beach Road/Baldwin County 27, just south of U.S. 98 near Weeks Bay. About 60 people were at the party, “openly possessing and consuming alcoholic beverages,” according to Fairhope police spokesman Sgt. Craig Sawyer.


This has happened in Fairhope in the past and the names of individuals were listed with exception on juveniles.

WKRG, and Fairhope Police, responded, no comment thus far from the City Council.

40-50 teens detained at Fairhope underage drinking party

40-50 teens detained at Fairhope underage drinking party

WKRG News 5 has received several emails and messages about a house party involving underage drinking. Viewers claim that dozens of underage kids were let off easy because their parents are prominent members of the community.


The Fairhope Police public information issue this statement:

Mr. Ripp,

This is the information that was released to WKRG/ Channel 5, WABF/ 1220 AM, and WPMI/ Channel 15.

· On Saturday, August 25, at about 9:45 p.m., our officers located numerous cars parked along the side of County Road 13. The cars were creating a hazard so the officer checked further and discovered a party at a residence in the 16000 Block of County Road 13.

According to the report, there were an estimated 100 juveniles at the residence. Many of them fled on foot when police arrived.

The officers did locate alcohol, and ultimately detained approximately 40 to 50 juveniles. Some had consumed alcohol, some had not.

Due to the number of juveniles detained, the officers decided it was impractical to transport them to the police department, and instead, identified the juveniles and called parents to come pick them up. Trying to bring that many juveniles in would have tied up every available police resource in Fairhope for several hours. On a Saturday night that can be unworkable.

I spoke to Lt. Hollinghead, interim chief of police, and she stated that the names of the juveniles who had consumed alcohol were documented. Officers will work with the juvenile court to determine appropriate charges.

I did not see any mention of marijuana in the report.

Since those involved are juveniles, we cannot release their names nor the names of parents.

In a follow-up question about whether any adults had been or would be charged, and about the property owner, I released:
· There were no adults present when officers arrived, but they did show up when called to get their kids.

We can’t identify the property owner since that would ultimately identify the name of at least one juvenile. Our policy on media relations prohibits releasing information that would tend to identify a juvenile.

No adults were charged and at this point I don’t expect any adults to be charged. The law on Open House Parties (13A-11-10.1) requires the adult to have authorized the party AND to be present. Since neither of those elements was satisfied, adult charges are unlikely.

Sergeant Craig Sawyer
Assistant Administrator
Fairhope Police Department
107 North Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532
Fax- 251.929.2417

There has been NO statement from the City Council. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds.

A more disturbing piece of information should be the Police report of Council President Jack Burrell. Mr. Burrell never disclosed any arrests record or police record prior to his running for elected office.

Kids drinking is one thing. An undisclosed Police report by a City Council president is yet another.



A DOCUMENT FOR CATALYST A police report is a public document, it is not a Ripp Report, it is a police report. The Ripp Report has received several tips involving Mr Jack Burrell and the law. What was…


A Councilman, much less the Council President should not have the reputation of a juvenile.



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9 Comments on "LAW and DisORDER – Part 2"

  1. Ripp, Ripp, Ripp,
    Nothing will come of this – some people are just untouchable.
    Don’t hold your breath on any resignations. There has been instituted an upper class royalty here in Fairhope where the law applies to most but not to a selected few.
    What gets me mad is that the police are beginning to think we citizens are just lowly serfs in their kingdom.
    I use to respect the police but now they are just another revenue source for the city – tickets, court costs, and other “administrative fees” that can be tacked on to bleed the people dry.
    Heck years ago, the police use to interact with the citizens and I knew all of them by their first names. Today they just ride around in their big SUV’s looking to write a ticket for the judge to fine and the city to collect. We taxpayers fund this lunacy.

  2. You’re just an idiot. Plain and simple.

  3. Georgia Orwell | August 29, 2018 at 9:33 pm |

    So the party was Saturday night and not Friday night? So much confusion here. I will stay tuned because a Saturday night party there when the ‘rents were out for a Ball would make sense, whereas the original story here made very little sense.
    Clearly, no one is stating definitively that the party was the the Burrell home (and I am sure that the ‘rents were not happy if it was). Teenagers all do this and we need to be grateful that no one was hurt……I am no fan of Jack Burrell but this is not something that should be in the media or blogs or whomever should discuss…….his kids have a right to be kids and (if the party was at his house) he is probably grounded for a bit. Again, one way or another, who has not had or anticipates having a teen host a party when his/her parents are going to be out late?

  4. The fact that you spend time criticizing others if unbelievable. If this is what you use your life for, your wasting it.

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