Friday, November 04, 2005

A Urinestorm To Purify

'Straight Edge' teen arrested in Reno
Suspect booked on battery charges after throwing cup of urine at van

Jaclyn O 'MALLEY
Posted: 10/18/2005

A Reno teen who follows the "Straight Edge" lifestyle was arrested on charges of throwing a cup of urine at a van full of California teens who asked him where to buy drugs, Reno police said.

The 16-year-old boy was booked into the Jan Evans Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of battery related to Monday morning's road-rage incident. His name was not released because he is a juvenile.

Joseph Grund, 20, was cited for reckless driving.

Straight Edge refers to a philosophy of an alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle and no promiscuous sex. Officials say Straight Edge teens attend all Washoe County high schools in the district.

Earlier this year, the Regional Gang Unit classified Straight Edge as a gang after a six-month investigation into a series of violent crimes committed by a splinter group of teens who adhere to the lifestyle. Many Straight Edgers who contacted the Reno Gazette-Journal after a story about its gang designation disputed the classification and claimed the gangsters belong to another unaffiliated group.

About 12:30 a.m. Monday, an officer saw two cars speeding near Fifth and Bell Streets and stopped them. The seven people in the two cars claimed they were Straight Edge, police said.

Teens in a van that pulled over told the officer a boy in one of the cars threw urine inside their van after they asked him where they could buy some pills. The two cars then chased the van.

The 16-year-old told police he urinated inside a fast-food beverage cup and then threw the urine through the van's open driver's side window. He said he threw it in anger because drugs are against his beliefs. He later said it was a "stupid" and "vile" thing to do.

(Street by Street. Cup by Cup. -- Ronny)

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