Underage drinking bash turns into brawl in Freeburg

The Osage County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a large fight and a reported sexual assault at an underage drinking party in Freeburg early Sunday morning.

Sheriff Carl Fowler said between 200-300 people, ranging in age from 13-30, were partying at the Freeburg Lions Club when a fight broke out at about 2 a.m. Some 150 people, he said, were involved in the brawl, which may have started when someone from one group there stole beer from a pickup truck of another group.

The reported sexual incident at the event involves an underage male and female. Fowler said his department is investigating whether it was consensual.

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