11 Kids Arrested At The State Fair


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Updated: 10/05/2010 10:38 am Published: 10/04/2010 10:14 am


Kids who choose to take the fun too far at the fair are finding he consequences come quickly.

Since the fair opened eleven kids have been arrested and taken before a judge at the fair. This is the eighth year for what you would call fair justice.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford explains what these kids are accused of doing at the fair.

Fair justice is working. Eight years ago there were 89 teens who were arrested at the fair and now teen arrests have dropped by 80 percent.

To avoid the crowds many families bring their kids to the state fair during the day. "So you don't lose them and you can keep an eye on them in a controlled way," says mother Kristina Chambers.  

Also to avoid any trouble that teens might bring on the Midway.

"It seems like at nighttime is when the crime comes out," says mother Lisa Chancellor.

Since opening day on Thursday Juvenile Judge Carl Funderburk says eleven kids have been arrested, two for warrants, four for fighting, two who came to the fair drunk, one slapped a deputies horse while patrolling the Midway, one threw a punch at a deputy and another allegedly sold drugs in the parking lot.

"He sold it to an undercover officer and we were able to catch him that wa,” says Funderburk.

However, the judge says many of these kids haven’t been in trouble before.

"Most of the kids out here have no referrals or no arrests and they are coming out here or if it is the people they are hanging with but they are doing things they should be," says Funderburk.

Having a judge on the fair premises teens are able to face an immediate consequence.

Parents are called and they are released to them on conditions they don’t return to the fair and some cannot have an unexcused absence from school until their court date. Others are sent straight to the Tulsa County Juvenile Detention Center.

The judge says this helps reduce crime.

"We need a deterrent for the children," says Funderburk.

This mother couldn’t agree more.

"There is a lot of people around that can cause mischief," says mother Lisa Chancellor.

Deputies say fairgoers are also doing their part and reporting teens who are smoking, drinking and inappropriately making out in front of younger kids.

The juvenile judge is at the state fair every night until close. Juvenile Bureau probation officers working with High Risk juveniles are also on the grounds at the state fair working with Judge Funderburk.


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watchdog1 - 10/5/2010 2:15 PM
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Well I agree with Anthony on two points; it is too bad kids are arrested at the fair, they should be arrested on the street, second, the fair is too expensive, the booth and ride attendants are rude and nasty, it is dangerous, and it really stinks, so my family and I haven't gone in several years and don't plan to, but Anthony,seriously, you are tripping! You need to stop with the drugs, they make you say really weird things, and as far as the rich and lawmakers oppressing people for gain, you are confusing them with Obama and the Demoncats, they are the ones who do that.

slimjim - 10/4/2010 5:25 PM
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Excuse me, but why is it necessary for a judge to be on the fair premises each night to hold court? Why not arrest these juveniles, and they can hae their day in court like everyone else. I fail to see the necessity of conducting court on the fair premises unless it is a new game of chance or something. Do these juvenile get to spin a wheel to see what their punishment is? If these kids are selling drugs, fighting, or whatever, take them to jail. Anthony, what is the rambling about white painted tombstones and children's dead bones? It makes no sense. O.K. don't go.

AnthonyEscorp - 10/4/2010 12:58 PM
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To bad Children are getting arrested at the Fair. The Rich and Lawmakers oppress the people for gain, they are nothing but white painted tombstones of children's dead bones. My kids don't like the fair, they think it's to expensive and we don't go anymore.
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