Underage Drinking Party Leads To Multiple Arrests, Charges

The following information was provided by the Cranford Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.

The following report is a press release from the Cranford Police Department.

Following a police response to a fight in progress call on Sept. 2, 28 people were charged with alcohol related violations, according to the .

Police became aware of the incident on Sept. 2, at 11:26 p.m. when calls were
received reporting a fight in progress on the 400-block of Denman Road. Arriving patrol units observed numerous individuals, including known juveniles, fleeing the area into the backyard of a residence on Denman Road. When police officers followed, they discovered alcoholic beverage containers scattered about the yard and other evidence of alcoholic beverage consumption in and around the residence, according to a press release from the police department.

Cranford officers conducted an investigation at the scene, detained 26 people under the age of 21, and located the homeowners in the residence. After it was determined that no one on scene required medical attention, officers were able to process the scene and issue charges.

The homeowners, Richard and Karen Barry, were both arrested and charged with offering alcoholic beverage to underage persons, which is a disorderly persons offense.

Additional adults processed and released at the scene include: Mary Acton, Thomas Demaio, Manuel Garcia, Jeremy Mazzola, Amanda Tarantino, Nicole Tarantino, Zachary Williams and Andrew Wohl, all 18 years of age from Cranford. Each was issued a court summons charging a violation of Township Ordinance 58-16: Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcohol.

In addition to the arrests, 18 Cranford juveniles, ranging in age from 16-17 years old, were also charged with violating Township Ordinance 58-16: Underage Possession or Consumption of Alcohol. Parents were contacted and the juveniles were released to parents at the scene. One juvenile was also
charged with resisting arrest.

All parties charged were released with Municipal or Family Court proceedings pending.

Do you believe underage drinking is become a problem in Cranford? Respond to our poll question or leave a comment below.

John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I agree with you. Such careless release of information without substantiation is not responsible reporting. Police reports are subject to unfair interpretation by people who have nothing better to do than judge. Cranford is filled with such types. Descriptions of the parents with words like "moronic" and "revoking parents' licenses" is hate speech, free yes, but again hateful and reflective of the people who use it not the people described. I am surprised that the Patch lowers itself to simply report police releases without a balanced account from parents. Shame shame. I am sorry that you're leaving Toniann, because you could stand to make this a more balanced site.
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Wow, another understanding resident, likely angry that Romney didn't get in I bet. While you're at it, why don't you blame all of the parents of all of the kids involved at the party. Were they morons too for not knowing exactly what their children were doing at that exact moment. I hope as a parent that your child was stapled to your sweater at all times. Did you ever not know what your child was doing for one hour? If you answer "no," your child is likely still living at home spewing all the hate you are.
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Thank you
John LoConte November 30, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Nice to read. One thing is to agree that under-age drinking is a problem. It is. Another thing is to spew hate and to judge others with so much self-righteousness. Do you do this at your houses of worship too? You'd be surprised how human your priests and ministers and school teachers and police officers are too. Thank god you're not aware of all of their mistakes. Why not focus on your own and peace out rather than to point fingers. This was an unfortunate incident for all involved. This patch article did nothing but stoke judgment. My heart goes out to the Barrys and how they must be feeling right now. I hope they don't see this article.
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