Meadville Tribune

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October 1, 2006

Dozens face party-related charges

10/02/06 — More than 100 people will be charged in connection with an alleged underaged drinking party on Meadow Street in the city Friday night, according to a statement issued Sunday by Meadville Police Department.

According to police:

n 97 people over age 18, but under age 21 will be cited for underage drinking.

n Three people under age 18 will be cited for underage drinking.

n Three people with possession of a small amount of marijuana and underage drinking.

n One with underage drinking and public drunkenness.

n One with underage drinking and drunkenness prohibited.

n One with possession of a small amount of marijuana and underage drinking.

n One with false ID to law enforcement, underage drinking and drunkenness prohibited.

n Two residents of the house with furnishing alcohol to minors and various charges.

Police confiscated four empty kegs of beer and one full keg; numerous bags of suspected marijuana and suspected drug paraphernalia.

Approximately $225 in cash was confiscated as well because a bar allegedly had been set up in the home with persons charged $4 for a cup to obtain beer.

Officers Brian Joseph and Greg Beverage were working in plain clothes monitoring underage drinking activity in the Allegheny College area when they observed a large number of people walking in various sized groups on Meadow Street, the statement said.

Officers smelled a strong odor of suspected marijuana coming from the backyard of 268 Meadow St. and found approximately 15 people drinking in the yard and noticed three of them smoking marijuana the statement said. Officers identified themselves and arrested the three on marijuana possession charges.

City, Pennsylvania State Police and Allegheny College Security officers then were called to assist as the plain clothes officers went back to the home. Officers saw persons freely entering and leaving the house. Officer Joseph entered the home and observed 50 to 60 people drinking in the basement and a bar in the basement and another 50 to 60 people upstairs drinking and three more persons smoking suspected marijuana.

Attempts to contact Adam Bratton, Allegheny College’s assistant director of public affairs, for a statement were unsuccessful Sunday.

Bratton declined comment on the matter Saturday until more details were known.

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