27 Sanctions Issued During Carbondale “Solar Bear” Evening

Carbondale Police have issued 27 citations in relation to the annual SIU back to school “Solar Bear” event. The event, not sanctioned by the school, is a smaller scale version of the “Polar Bear” party held during the winter. Among the citations are 19 for underage consumption, 3 for public possession of alcohol, 3 for resisting a peace officer, 1 public urination charge, and 1 obstruction of identification. During one of the arrests, police report that officers were pelted with bottles and other objects, and were forced to use pepper spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd. No injuries are being reported.